By John Lee.
Iraq is reportedly considering banning several popular video games over fears that they encourage violence and crime.
MP Sami’a Ghulab, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Information, Tourism, and Archaeology, is quoted as saying that games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are “affecting the social, psychological and educational level of everyone [who plays them]“.
According to The Independent, the MP provided no evidence for this alleged damage, nor any details about how the ban would be enforced. The newspaper also cites a recent study from the University of Oxford which suggests that links between violent video games and real-world violence have been overblown.
The National reports that Iraq’s 2005 constitution enshrines press freedom unless they “violate public order or morality.”
(Source: The Independent, The National)