Proposed Tunisian legislation would criminalize ‘mockery’ of religion | The Raw Story

A bill to criminalise offences against “sacred values,” filed in parliament this week by Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda threatens freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch warned on Friday.

“The draft bill would provide prison terms and fines for broadly worded offenses such as insulting or mocking the ‘sanctity of religion,’” the rights group said.

International human rights law generally prohibits criminalising the defamation of religion, the New York-based watchdog added.

“If passed, this draft law would introduce a new form of censorship in a country that suffered from so much censorship under the ousted president,” Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, HRW deputy regional director Eric Goldstein said.

via Proposed Tunisian legislation would criminalize ‘mockery’ of religion | The Raw Story.

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