Jordanian journalists protest changes to Press law

AMMAN — Jordanian journalists stopped work for one hour yesterday in protest at the government’s adoption of an amendment to the country’s Press law that allows the authorities to detain and jail reporters. "The work stoppage comes as a protest against the government’s failure to include clauses in the amendment that unequivocally exclude the imprisonment or detention of journalists," head of the Jordanian journalists syndicate Tarek Momani said.

Source: [Khaleej Times]

I’m really glad to see Jordanian journalists putting their foot down and demanding an end to the state of intimidation and self-censorship that is so deeply rooted in Jordanian journalism. I hope I live to see the day when jailing journalists in Jordan is a thing of the past.