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Libya court hears free speech appeal

2012-06-03 20:32

Tripoli - Libya's Supreme Court is reviewing an appeal from rights groups to revoke a law that criminalises glorifying ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi or spreading "propaganda" that insults or endangers the state.

Rights lawyer Salah al-Marghani told the court on Sunday that the law is similar to Gaddafi-era measure aimed at stifling dissent and jailing the opposition.

He said the law is vague and could be used to imprison people for up 15 years just for criticising the government.

International and local rights groups say the law contradicts the Constitutional Declaration by Libya's interim leaders guaranteeing freedom of speech.

The government's lawyer defended the law, telling the court it would help prevent national discord.

The court is set to rule 14 June.

Comments
  • sabine.zoom.jahnke - 2012-06-03 21:14

    animal farm all over again.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-06-03 22:16

    "...criminalises glorifying ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi or spreading "propaganda" that insults or endangers the state." While some may agree with the first part, many European countries have laws against glorifying or denying the holocaust, the second part is flat out unacceptable. Will be an utter travesty if people fought so hard to remove one tyrant to be replaced by another.

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