The head of the Commission on defense and state security of the Egyptian Parliament Kamil Amar introduced his colleagues a draft law intended to raise the prestige of the institutions.
In accordance with the bill, insulting the head of state, his leadership, Parliament, judiciary, army and police would be considered a sacrilege and punished with imprisonment up to three years and a large fine.
Supporters of the initiative say that it aims to put an end to an unprecedented wave of defamation and slander state institutions. Particularly, these libels spread on the Internet.
Opponents consider the initiative as another step towards a police state. In their opinion, be punished are the legitimate manifestations of public discontent.