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July 3, 2014

Jordanian website blocked for a second time

The Jordanian Media Commission blocked the news website on Monday, just one year after blocking the outlet’s original domain, The original domain was blocked in June 2013 on the basis of the country’s Press and Publication Law (2012), which requires websites to obtain licences from the statutory Media Commission in order to publish. The law also states that editors-in-chief of each website must be members of the Jordan Press Association and imposes responsibility on them... MORE
June 14, 2014

Jordanian authorities raid station, arrest staff

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Jordanian authorities to drop the terrorism charges and release from custody staffers of the Al-Abasiya TV station in Amman who were arrested after a recent raid and shutdown of the outlet. "Charging journalists and media workers with terrorism offenses is a big step in the wrong direction for Jordan, which once was considered a leader in press freedom in the Middle East," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa programme... MORE
May 29, 2014

IPI calls for repeal of news website licensing in Jordan

A year after dozens of Jordan’s Internet news sites were blocked by the government for failing to obtain a licence, a report published Wednesday by the International Press Institute (IPI) called on the authorities to rescind the law and take steps to reform other legislation that threatens press freedom. Jordanian officials on June 1, 2013 blocked more than 200 websites for violating a law requiring them to be licensed as a news site and to have an editor affiliated with the national... MORE
July 28, 2011

Jordan: Renewed threats against AFP bureau in Amman

There has been a series of attacks, threats and demonstrations since mid-June targeting the Agence France-Presse bureau in Amman and its chief, Randa Habib, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The protests against AFP in Amman have taken a disturbing turn, with the demonstrators using threats and violence,” RSF said. “Intimidation attempts of this kind, which hamper the work of journalists, are unacceptable. We call on Yehya Saud, the parliamentarian... MORE
April 6, 2011

Threats to Al-Jazeera in Jordan; journalists released in Syria

Al-Jazeera staffers in Jordan have received anonymous threatening phone calls warning that their office and correspondents would be attacked, Al-Jazeera's Amman bureau chief told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Journalists in Jordan have been facing mounting dangers while covering pro-reform demonstrations, CPJ research has found. "Jordanian authorities need to credibly investigate the threats made against Al-Jazeera immediately," said Mohamed Abdel... MORE
March 31, 2011

Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout Middle East

Reuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on March 28 after being held for two days but Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has meanwhile learnt that two other journalists were arrested on March 27. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan , who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen . RSF has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State... MORE
March 8, 2011

Middle East: Overview of media freedom violations of past few days

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has collated an overview of the acts of violence against journalists and other media freedom violations that have taken place in the pasts few days in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The countries concerned are Libya, Algeria, three Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Yemen, Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan) and Syria. LIBYA Jean-Marie Lemaire , a French journalist working for the 24-hour TV news station France 24,... MORE
February 12, 2011

IFJ condemns Internet censorship in Jordan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday accused the Jordanian government of stifling calls for democratic change after the country's intelligence service disabled a news website and removed a letter to the King demanding political reforms. IFJ backed protests by journalists' leaders and others who joined a protest after the country's biggest news website was hacked into and a report over the letter was taken down. Leaders of the IFJ affiliate,... MORE
November 26, 2008

Jordan newspaper rejects Palestinian Authority's peace advertisement over Israeli flag

An independent Jordanian newspaper has refused to publish a Palestinian advertisement promoting an Arab peace initiative with Israel because it contains the Jewish state's flag, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The AFP report said: [ Link ] "We refused to publish the paid advertisement because the source, the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) negotiations department, refused to remove the Israeli flag," a senior editor at the Arabic-language Al-Arab Al-Yawm told AFP. "We also... MORE