The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, and the Media, Communications, and Information Technology Committee of the People’s Assembly, held a joint meeting chaired by Ahmed Al-Kosbari and the participation of Alan Bakr to discuss the controversial cybercrime law. Minister of Communications Iyad Al-Khatib and the concerned directors in the ministry participated in the meeting. According to sources in the People’s Assembly
, the participants in the meeting did not address the gaps in the articles of the cybercrime law, which angered public opinion and the law enforcement, which some called “mouth shutting law.” The sources told, “hashtag” that the head of the parliament’s media committee, Alain Bakr, told the meeting participants that there was a “direction” to pass the bill without discussing its gaps or objecting to them and without mentioning it the source of the directive. The sources wondered about the source of this supposed directive, as it is known that it is not from the President of the Republic because the President of the Republic has the constitutional right to pass laws as decrees without referring to the People’s Assembly, as well as to object to laws and not to pass them even after their approval by the People’s Assembly. Sources in the People’s Assembly reveal that Parliament member Alan Bakr, who spoke about the supposed directive, had publicly supported the draft law after it arrived in the People’s Assembly last month, justifying this by “the presence of some pages that insult national figures,” which necessarily dictates the issuance of legislation to Stop it, in his opinion. The sources are surprised that a member of the People’s Assembly “enthusiastic about passing the law” did not specify his position on the inclusion of an article in the cybercrime law that punishes “national figures” whom themselves send information to external pages!