Project of freedom of expression law tying freedoms and reproducing dictatorship

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BAGHDAD – November 15, 2014
Activists and journalists in a seminar organized by the Press Freedom Advocacy Association
The Press Freedom Advocacy Association organized on Saturday November 15 a discussion seminar on the draft freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration law, presented by a number of activists, journalists and legal experts.

The seminar, which was held at the Baghdad Hotel (Tigris hall), moderated by the chairman of the Association colleague Mustafa Nasser during and paneling discussion by Legal Consultation of Association Mr. Zuhair Ziaa al deen and Professor Adnan Hussein, head of the National Union of Journalists and Dr. Ali Qaeim from the Faculty of Law at the University of Baghdad, in addition to the intervention made by the member of Parliament MP Joseph Slaiwa at the beginning of the seminar.

The attendees discussed the draft of the Act, read by the House of Representatives last month, which contained restrict materials of freedom of expression, association and demonstration, and has stirred up controversy among the public opinion.

Participants in the symposium and Collect the importance of expanding the debate on the draft law and do not speed up submitting the second reading in parliament, while the amendment to the draft in line with the Constitution and international conventions.

They stressed the need for the audience to listen to the opinion of the House of Representatives of civil society organizations and activists, civilians and legal, especially since the law affects the lives of all citizens.

They pointed to paragraphs through interventions that prevent the sit-in and strike and impose restrictions on the general meeting, as to bill collection between freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate and to obtain the information.

Participants in the symposium agreed on submitting comments to the House of Representatives as soon as possible and submit a memorandum to the three presidencies in this regard, and also launch a campaign to amend the civil freedom of expression and peaceful protest law.