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Jordan arrests two journalists over report on finance minister

January 17, 2018 3:56 PM ET

Beirut, January 17, 2018--Authorities should immediately release two journalists from the independent news website Jfranews who have been charged under Jordan's Press and Publication Law and Cybercrime Law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ urges Jordan to drop charges against regional press freedom group

October 3, 2017 11:44 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Jordan's Attorney General Judge Mohamed Said al-Sharaideh to urge him to drop an investigation into the regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists.

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Press freedom group harassed in Jordan

September 27, 2017 4:57 PM ET

The head of a Jordanian trade regulatory body on September 10, 2017, publically accused a regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ), of failing to properly register as a non-profit organization, and referred the case to Jordan's attorney general who can then begin legal...

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Jordan blocks access to LGBTQ online magazine

August 8, 2017 3:27 PM ET

Beirut, August 8, 2017--Jordanian authorities should immediately stop blocking access to the online magazine My.Kali, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jordan refuses Egyptian journalist entry

July 11, 2017 2:12 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2017--Jordanian authorities should lift any restrictions on Egyptian Journalist Wael Mamdouh's ability to travel to the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jordan revokes Al-Jazeera license amid Qatar tensions

June 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2017--Jordan's Ministry of Information today revoked the license for Qatar broadcaster Al-Jazeera and said it will close the broadcaster's Jordanian office. In an announcement reported by the state-run Petra News Agency, the ministry said its actions came after "reviewing the crisis" between Qatar and neighboring...

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Jordanian commentator Nahed Hattar shot to death in Jordan

September 25, 2016 10:26 AM ET

Washington, September 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's assassination of controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman court, where he was facing charges of "insulting religion" in connection with a cartoon he shared on Facebook, according to news reports. Relatives at the scene apprehended his killer, the...

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Jordanian journalist held incommunicado in Abu Dhabi for two months

February 12, 2016 4:19 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned that Abu Dhabi has detained Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar for two months without disclosing any charges against him or allowing him contact with the outside world....

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In Jordan, TV anchor charged under cybercrimes law for Facebook post

November 6, 2015 6:03 PM ET

Washington D.C., November 6, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Jordan to release TV anchor Tareq Abu al-Ragheb who was arrested Tuesday for posting allegedly insulting comments on Facebook, according to reports....

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Jordanian court orders arrest of journalist over terrorism reporting

July 9, 2015 4:16 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2015--A Jordanian journalist has been given 15 days in jail after being accused of breaking a recent ban on coverage of a terror plot, according to the journalist's employer and other news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment and calls on authorities to...

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