It’s the topic of the moment. Bill 22-20, which was approved on March 19 in the government council, but has not yet been tabled in Parliament, caused anger among Internet users.
This bill aims to prevent fake news on social networks. What set the Internet on fire were parts of the bill, which were relayed by the influential journalist Mustapha Swinga. A provision that would prohibit any call for a boycott of certain products, prison sentences and fines, which caused a controversy.
Another controversial point is the ban against spreading false information that could raise doubts about the quality or safety of any product. For his part, Mustapha Ramid stated that the elements of the bill are not final as they have not been accepted by members of the government. We will therefore have to wait a little while before a final version. What Internet users criticize the government for is wanting to “take advantage of the Coronavirus crisis” to pass this bill. It is true that the Internet is a worldwide barometer of freedom of expression and that social networks in the kingdom have always been a space where everyone can express their opinions on this or that product, or even, for example, denounce cases of overcharging.
” Will criticizing a clothing brand be punishable by law,” asked an Internet user ironically… What about Facebook groups that are supposed to give ratings to restaurants, hotels or food products? There’s no doubt that this bill will have to be well crafted before it is finally adopted. Of course, the boycott did a lot of damage to our economy, but we must counter this kind of phenomenon through awareness.