10 arrested over joining ‘terrorist’ group, spreading rumors
The prosecution drew a list of charges against the defendants including: participating with a terrorist group in its actions, receiving fund for terrorist purposes; gathering and using social media to commit crimes punished by law in an attempt to disrupt the public discipline.
Two weeks ago, a new draft law was introduced before the Parliament aiming to impose penalties on people and groups spreading rumors to destabilize the Egyptian state.
Soliman Wahdan, deputy Parliament speaker, said that these "terrorist" groups assign a number of research centers to study rumors and spread them across the country.
"We need to issue an urgent legislation to face the information warfare the outlawed groups and individuals have launched," Wahdan said in a statement.
He added that social media platforms and some media channels are used by terrorist groups to spread chaos and incite strife between the Egyptian people and their government.
The planned draft law will impose heavy penalties on people spreading rumors about the country's economic situation and military institutions, with the aim of destabilizing the state, he said, adding that in case rumors resulted in the death or injury of citizens, the violators will, according to the law, receive tougher punishment.
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CAIRO - 8 March 2019: Soliman Wahdan, deputy Parliament speaker, said that he is working to introduce a draft to put an end to rumors issued by some people and groups to destabilize the Egyptian state. He said that these "terrorist" groups assign a number of research centers to study rumors and spread them across the country.
Additional reporting by Amr Kandil