Mongolian president vetoes social media bill

Mongolian president Khurelsukh Ukhnaa vetoed a social media bill over concerns that the country’s parliament did not allow time for public debate. The bill was passed by Mongolia’s parliament, the State Great Khural, in record time. The president’s veto came shortly after the law was passed. The veto can still be overridden by Parliament.

The Law on Protecting Human Rights on Social Media gives the government the authority to ask internet service providers to suspend or delete accounts and block content deemed harmful to national unity and national security. It also includes dispositions against hate speech, child abuse, drug trafficking, and online fraud.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) praised the president’s veto and said that the law would have endangered journalists and the public’s right to information. RSF urged the parliament to respect the veto.