Which angered the Constitutional, Legislative Affairs, Communications and Technology Committees of the House of Representatives, they emphasized that these rumors endanger citizens ’health and help the spread of the new virus and destroy the preventive state’s efforts, demanding that the punishment be increased for rumors in the event of repeated rumor promotion crimes.
In this report, which was written by “Echo of the Country,” we review the completion of the opinions of deputies on this matter, in addition to additional and existing penalties:
Misleading Videos About Corona Virus:
On these videos, John Talaat, member of the Communications and Information Technology Committee in the House of Representatives, confirmed that he was surprised a few days ago by a video circulating for an activist called Mai Khursiti during which I deliberately underestimated the emerging virus and incited citizens to not adhere to the necessary preventive measures and the promotion of false information that is not groundless, considering that This is something that should not be tolerated.
“John” pointed out that such calls jeopardize the health of citizens and help the spread of the new virus and destroy the preventive efforts of the state, demanding that the law be applied strictly to its owners.
John added: “We are now in a time of crisis, everyone must abide by what is required of it, and any incitement call should be confronted with deterrence.”
Legal penalties against rumors:
On penalties, Khaled Hanafi, a member of the Parliamentary and Constitutional Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, demanded that the punishment for the source of rumors and naked information be corrected through social media and other means that came in Article 188 of the Penal Code.
Hanafi asserted to Echo Al Balad that there are some unscrupulous people who launch malicious rumors aiming to destabilize the security and entity of the state and the Egyptians, especially what was circulated recently about the new Corona virus and unleashing rumors that threaten the health, security and stability of the Egyptian citizen without a right. .
The deputy stressed the application of the punishment mentioned in the penal law of Article 188, which stipulates that he shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding a year and a fine of no less than five thousand pounds and not exceeding twenty thousand pounds, or one of these two penalties, whoever publishes badly with news, data, or False rumors, false or artificial papers, or falsely attributed to others, if this would disturb the public peace, cause panic among people, or harm the public interest.
The MP also demanded that the punishment be increased in the event of a return to the same crime, by aggravated imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 years and a fine of no less than 50 thousand pounds and not more than 100 thousand pounds in the event of a repeat of the crime.
The deputy confirmed that the government is making a great effort to confront these rumors by denying them at the same time in addition to imposing penalties on their source, pointing out that the matter has become a curse that affects the minds of people and making them issue these rumors in order to obtain fame and media distortion without paying attention to the mother And the safety and health of the citizen.
John Talat, a member of the House of Representatives, also demanded that the law be applied firmly to the spread of rumors via social networks on the status of the Corona virus in Egypt and the accompanying measures.