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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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Mission Journal: Rise in journalist arrests tarnishes Jordan's image as reformist

March 22, 2016 10:45 AM ET

The phone call came just as our conversation about the escalating crackdown on Jordanian media hit its stride. Lina Ejeilat, the co-founder of the news website 7iber (pronounced hebber), apologized and said she had to take the call. It was 7iber's lawyer and it was important. For years 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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Jordan jails journalist for criticizing Saudi campaign in Yemen

April 27, 2015 3:13 PM ET

A Jordanian journalist was arrested on April 23, 2015, after publishing an article the week before that criticized Operation Decisive Storm, the bombing campaign by a Saudi-led coalition including Jordan against Houthi forces in Yemen....

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