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    “Low content” is a new war that the Ministry of Interior is waging with “specialized committees”

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    Post by Rocky Thu 14 Sep 2023, 6:40 am

    “Low content” is a new war that the Ministry of Interior is waging with “specialized committees”



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    Shafaq News/ “Whoever secures punishment... has misbehaved.” With these words, mental health specialist Dr. Heba Al-Shamousi commented on the spread of the phenomenon of “low content” in the country, considering what is happening as an “intellectual war” to target society and push it towards the abyss.
    Last January, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced the formation of a specialized committee to combat “degrading content” that “violates morals and traditions” in a society that is still largely conservative.
    The ministry promised in a promotional video for the campaign that "this content is no less dangerous than organized crime because it is one of the causes of the destruction of the Iraqi family and society."
    In the latest prosecution of “degrading content” in Iraq, the Al-Karkh Investigation Court, which specializes in publishing and media cases, issued last Tuesday an arrest and search warrant against the artist (Joanna Al-Aseel) on charges of degrading content.
    According to its ruling, the court directed members of the judicial police and police officers that they were “authorized” to arrest the accused, “Yasmine Muhammad Hussein Sajt Al-Amiri,” nicknamed “Joanna Al-Aseel,” according to the public prosecution’s complaint that the accused had published obscene content that violated modesty.
    Since February 2023, the Ministry of Interior and the Supreme Judicial Council have launched a campaign to prosecute those they accused of publishing “degrading content” on social media, and as a result, arrest warrants and prison sentences were issued against several people.
    In the same month, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced that it had received 96,000 reports of “low content” via the “Baghdad” platform, which it launched on its official website, while threatening any officer proven to have a relationship with the publishers of “low content and blogs” with legal action.
    Controversy and fears
    Recently, video clips of celebrities have been broadcast on social media sites in which they present degrading content that is inconsistent with general culture and societal customs and traditions, according to what activists and observers of social affairs have monitored.
    But on the other hand, activists warn that the campaign will turn into a project to silence people that threatens freedom of expression, under the pretext of “degrading” content for which no specific standards have been set. They wonder about the mechanisms and standards for determining degrading content from positive, which according to them is “loose” and not subject to legal texts. Explicit and binding.
    The "flexible" phrases used in laws related to freedom of expression have always aroused the ire of activists and journalists in the country, as they believe that the phrase "public order", which is not subject to a specific definition by the authorities, represented a major area for undermining freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration in the country.
    The role of technology
    The YouTube and TikTok platforms are popular among content creators in Iraq, while the number of social media users in 2022 will reach 28 million active users throughout the country.
    In this context, mental health specialist, Dr. Heba Al-Shamousi, points out that “Iraqi society was intellectually, ideologically, and politically directed towards one party before 2003, so there was no such thing as (low content).”
    Al-Shamousi added to Shafaq News Agency, “But after the war, technology suddenly and quickly entered Iraqi society, unlike what happened in other Arab and Western societies, which entered them gradually, which negatively affected the personality of the Iraqi individual.”
    The mental health specialist explains, “The group most affected by the misuse of technology are young people who have become aware of various wars (intellectual, technological, and political), so they have a personality fluctuation between previous habits and values ​​and those they acquire from social networking sites.”
    According to Al-Shamousi, this requires “unifying efforts and launching a campaign to limit the spread of the phenomenon of substandard content in society, which threatens the formation of a generation heading toward the abyss.” 
    The activist, Sakina Haidar, agrees with what Heba Al-Shamousi said about the need to limit the spread of degrading content, holding “the Ministry of Communications responsible for monitoring the means of communication and blocking the sites that provide this content.”
    Haider pointed out during her talk to Shafaq News Agency, “Children are at risk of bad imitation of the content they see, in light of the difficulty of parents controlling and monitoring their children’s devices throughout the day.”
    Societal division
    In turn, the head of the Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms, Hadi Jallo Marhi, believes that “the general mood in the world has changed. What some see as degrading content is not considered by others, as is the case with many other disputed humanitarian issues.”  
    Marai added to Shafaq News Agency, “Society’s outlook changes and differs from one generation to another, in addition to the influence of the incoming culture and the scenes seen on social media sites, which society is divided in their classification, but as a result they receive popularity and attention from millions.”
    He continues: "In fact, some people publish degrading and immoral content that goes beyond profanity, but they have followers in the millions and interact with them, which indicates that the mood has changed, and society has begun to accept the culture of triviality, which threatens the structure of human societies."
    Severe punishment
    For his part, legal expert, Haider Al-Sufi, says, “The penalty for lewd content in Penal Code No. 111 of 1969 is often several months, and this is a small punishment that is not commensurate with the gravity of the lewd act and its entry into every home and being seen by all family members, especially children and girls.” .
    Al-Sufi believes in an interview with Shafaq News Agency, “This light punishment may help spread degrading content and not stop the commission of this crime, especially since this punishment is when combined with mitigating circumstances if the accused is young, or commits the crime for the first time.” Or he seemed remorseful, as these circumstances reduce the sentence to several days instead of months.”
    He continues, “Therefore, legal experts believe it is necessary to amend the penalty from imprisonment for several months to imprisonment for several years, and in aggravated circumstances it may reach 15 years in prison, that is, raising the level of this crime from misdemeanors to felonies,” stressing that “it is the best deterrent to stop low content crimes.” "He is tightening this punishment."
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