Granting licenses to communication companies
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Baghdad: Omar Abdul Latif
The Communications and Media Commission intends to license social media companies and open branches in Iraq.
A member of the Authority’s Board of Commissioners, Abdel Azim Muhammad, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The aim of this measure is to regulate the sector and create new job opportunities,” noting that “the presence of such companies develops the capabilities of workers in the information technology sector and opens new opportunities for them.” In this area" .
In turn, the head of the Ansem Foundation for Digital Rights, Haider Hamzouz, explained that “licensing and regulating any media institution or technology company is an important requirement amid the chaos of misinformation, the spread of hate speech and murder.”
Hamzouz added, in an interview with “Al-Sabah,” that “the economic losses that Iraq incurs daily are great, and it is necessary for this license to come with realistic, implementable solutions, without prejudice to the public freedoms of the Iraqi user, which are guaranteed by international laws and the Constitution.”
The digital expert stated that “the regulation process is not an easy task and requires infrastructure and economic attraction points for these companies whose goal is profit in the end, while ensuring the safety of these companies and their employees from targeting and exerting pressure.”
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Hamzouz explained that “any regulatory process must be participatory with the relevant government agencies, legislators, civil society organizations and content makers.”
Edited by: Ali Abdel Khaleq
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