EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Doha: Qatar should scrap several laws which impede free speech and expression, the EU’s human rights envoy said on Monday at an event in Doha promoting the online rights of activists.

“I am concerned about some pieces of legislation which relate to freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” said the European Union’s special representative for human rights, Eamon Gilmore. He highlighted the 1979 press law which governs the licensing of printed material and allows officials to demand corrections to news stories. Publications can be suspended under law for up to three months for printing items deemed against the public interest. – AFP .46.0.33