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Qatar: 5-Year Prison Sentence Set for ‘Fake News’

Expand An image of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on a building in Doha, Qatar. © 2019 Anke Waelischmiller/AP Images (Beirut) – Qatar has amended its penal code to restrict further the already-narrow space for free expression by setting criminal penalties for spreading “fake news” online, Human Rights Watch said today. The amendment, introduced as a new article under the “Crimes against Internal State Security” section of the penal code and published alongside other amendments in the official gazette on January 19, 2020, imposes up to five years in prison for spreading rumors or…

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