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Changes to Jordan's hate speech law could further stifle press freedom

February 20, 2018 12:29 PM ET

Recently proposed amendments to Jordan's 2015 cybercrime law, including a vague and broad definition of hate speech, will further stifle press freedom on the pretext of protecting the country's citizens, and could result in further self-censorship, several Jordanian journalists told CPJ....

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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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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came the day after the United Arab Emirates used the threat...

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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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Mission Journal: Gag orders make Jordan's journalists skeptical of reform

August 31, 2016 12:52 PM ET

Sitting uncomfortably in her chair because of a soccer injury, the Jordanian radio host Diala Dabbas said, "I know we are banned from talking about the king, his family, and the divine, but now I am also afraid to talk about anyone else who could be considered a 'religious...

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