Protesters chant slogans during a protest against tax hikes in Amman, Jordan November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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Jordan is to withdraw proposed amendments to a cybercrimes bill submitted to Parliament that rights activists say would stifle freedom of expression, the government spokesman said Sunday. The bill has angered broad swaths of public opinion, including demonstrators who took to the streets in the last 10 days to protest against International Monetary Fund-backed austerity measures, who say the proposed law will silence dissent in social media.Activists are calling for a major protest Thursday against austerity measures and the IMF-backed tax law passed last month by the mainly pro-government Parliament.King Abdullah, without referring to the bill, has also supported tightening online laws, saying unfair accusations against officials had paralyzed government decision-making.
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