A member of the National Assembly’s Education Committee MP Khalil Abdullah has disclosed that the e-media law in its new form gives the judiciary the authority to block websites, and not the Ministry of Information as in the old law. He pointed out some fines have been reduced in the new law such as for those who work without license, the penalty on such persons has been reduced from between KD 3,000 and KD 10,000 to KD 500.
He added, the payment of fines will also be through a court ruling. Abdullah explained the committee has recommended that the government make a serious note of observations made by the MPs concerning activation of the laws and their actual implementation. He stressed the committee is ready to retrieve the law and make additional amendments should there be a need for that.
Meanwhile, MP Jamal Al- Omar has submitted a proposal to give jobs to stateless people (bedoun) first by organizing rehabilitation training courses for them in professional disciplines, to replace the expatriates. In the proposal, Al-Omar said rehabilitation of the stateless persons and merging them in the labor market is one of the thorny issues which is being handled by the Central Agency for Illegal Residents.
Source: Arab Times