Dunja Mijatović, an expert in media law and regulation and representative on freedom of the media at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has urged MPs in Iceland to reject a new bill in which it will be made punishable by law to mock transgender people, arguing that it could violate press freedom, ruv.is reports.
From Gay Pride. Photo: Candy Caldwell/Iceland Review.
The bill, which was proposed by Iceland’s Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, would provide transgender people with legal protection in line with other groups.
Violations would result in up to two years in prison but Mijatović says that such laws can inhibit freedom of speech, which is a universal human right.