The Arab Internet Freedom Alliance: Personal Disputes and Online Freedom of Expression
Statement of the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance
Entitled ": Personal Disputes and Online Freedom of Expression"
The Arab Internet Freedom Alliance Issued the following statement:
In the past days, news about the personal dispute that took place on social media networks "Facebook" and "Twitter between two Lebanese citizens about violence against women was circulated in the media. The dispute resulted in a claim of persecution. Based on this claim, the department of Cybercrime and Protection of Intellectual Property called the defendant to take the testimony as stated by any other police station procedure.
This dispute has been address as an online freedom of expression.
The Arab Internet Freedom Alliance stresses on one of its main Internet freedom principle “every person should enjoy the same protection of their universal human rights online, as offline.
The alliance dues all the respect and appreciation for the parties concerned and the Lebanese press, and demands refraining from pushing Internet freedom into this dispute. Pushing Internet freedom in unrelated matters denies its importance and purity. Knowing that the issues related to women's freedom and the freedom of the individuals are fundamental and very important to the community and must be respected and called out for, but not under the name of online freedom of expression, but perhaps in terms of freedom and respect for human rights as an individual.
About the Arab Internet Freedom Alliance
The Arab Internet Freedom Alliance is a regional coalition formed by the member states Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Tunisia that met due to believing in the importance and vitality of Internet after its use has become closely associated with human rights, economic growth, and one of the essential human renewable knowledge and living needs. It plays the role of monitor accordingly with the alliances in each of the 5 countries, and acknowledges the necessity of establishing a legislating framework regarding organizing each country’s users’ dealing with the Internet, committing to the importance of protecting the internet users, without touching or derogation of any of their rights to access the service, and recognizing the right of some community segments to have special attention to access and make use of the Internet.