Jordanian writer killed as climate worsens

Nahed Hattar is shot to death outside an Amman court, where he was facing charges of "insulting religion" for a cartoon he shared on Facebook. The murder comes after a CPJ mission to Jordan, where officials tout reform ahead of elections but regulators restrict publication of news about the royal family, a TV journalist is forced off air for "insulting" a state religious official, and journalists note an increase in government gag orders.
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Alerts   |   Jordan

Jordanian commentator Nahed Hattar shot to death in Jordan

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 reports said.

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

Election posters on a street in Amman. CPJ visited Jordan to review the press freedom situation ahead of the September 20 vote. (CPJ/Sherif Mansour)

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 symbol'."

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

Copies of Jordanian newspapers. During a CPJ mission there in February, the country's journalists said conditions for the press are deteriorating. (CPJ/Jason Stern)

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 website had fought against a requirement that all Jordanian news websites register with the government. I watched as Ejeilat learned the fight was finally over. 7iber would have to pay a 1,000 Jordanian dinar fine (about USD$1,400) for operating without a license.

Alerts   |   Jordan, UAE

Jordanian journalist held incommunicado in Abu Dhabi for two months

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.

February 12, 2016 4:19 PM ET


Alerts   |   Jordan

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

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

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 release Ghazi Mrayat immediately.

Case   |   Jordan

Jordan jails journalist for criticizing Saudi campaign in Yemen

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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Jordan arrests two journalists on aiding terrorism charges

New York, January 29, 2015--Jordanian authorities arrested the owner of a local news website and the site's editor-in-chief on Wednesday, accusing the two of aiding terrorism and spreading false news in a report stating that an imprisoned Iraqi militant would be freed in a hostage negotiation deal, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Iraq, Jordan

Jordanian authorities raid station, arrest staff

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls 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.

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Jordan's free press record dims with website restrictions

Jordan's press freedom climate, once a shining light in the Middle East, has quickly deteriorated as journalists grapple with last year's government ban on nearly 300 news websites.

Press freedom groups are documenting a rise in self-censorship and an increase in criminal cases against journalists. Local online news editors and journalists are complaining of economic hardship and psychological pressure.

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