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Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Yemen suspend newspaper production, citing COVID-19 fears

March 25, 2020 1:30 PM ET

Beginning on March 17, 2020, authorities in Jordan, Oman, Morocco, and Yemen issued decrees suspending newspaper printing and distribution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports and government statements....

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Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha charged with slander over 2012 interview

March 19, 2020 2:24 PM ET

On March 14, 2020, Amman Public Prosecutor Hassan al-Sarhan ordered the arrest of freelance Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha on charges of slander and undermining the government, briefly held her in custody, and then released her on bail and told her to return the next day, according to a...

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Dijlah TV broadcaster suspended for 1 month in Jordan, offices raided in Iraq

January 28, 2020 1:15 PM ET

Beirut, January 28, 2020 -- Jordanian authorities should immediately lift the suspension of Dijlah TV and allow the station to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jordanian journalist imprisoned over article on private hospital

January 17, 2019 4:26 PM ET

Beirut, January 17, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment of Nidal Salameh, a journalist for the website Gerasa News, who was convicted of violating Jordan's Press and Publications Law and the Cybercrime Law....

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Two Jordanian journalists jailed for 2 days for publication of photomontage

December 14, 2018 7:14 PM ET

An Amman prosecutor on December 10, 2018, ordered the arrest of Mohammad al-Wakeel, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the news website Al-Wakeel News, and intern editor Ghadir al-Rabihat on charges of inciting sectarian strife after a complaint was filed over an altered image of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper"...

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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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