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NEWS CREWS INSULTED AND ATTACKED
The case is the fifth time in 2012 that peaceful critics have faced charges for speech offenses, a pattern that undermines the credibility of the authorities' reform efforts, Human Rights Watch said.
Ammar Ma’amari, a blogger known for his criticism of the Omani authorities, has been asked by the Jordanian intelligence service to pack his bags in anticipation of a deportation order.
Thirteen people have been charged with speech crimes after police violently broke up a demonstration at a police station.
The article, which was published in the al-Arab al-Yawm
newspaper, was critical of unemployment, corruption, and the government's handling of recent protests in the city of al-Tafila.
Security services detained Saed al-Awran, Yasser al-Sabalyeh, Fady al-Ubaideen, and Majdy al-Kabaylee following their participation in a sit-in in al-Tafila district to demand job opportunities for the unemployed residents of the district.
In a media interview, Dr. Ahmad al-Oweidi al-‘Abbadi said that “[t]he republican system is coming here to Jordan, and I do not believe it will take more than two years, at most” to establish.
A man reportedly stabbed Enass Musallam in the stomach and threatened to kill her if she did not stop blogging about political reform in the country.
The military prosecutor has charged 18-year old activist 'Uday Abu 'Isa with "undermining his majesty’s dignity" for burning the king’s image on 11 January.
Mohamed Jameel was inexplicably arrested and deported to Britain after arriving, along with his family, at the Queen Alia International Airport.
A group of protestors stormed Aljazeera's office in Amman one day after the headquarters of the Jordanian newspaper "Al-Ghad" were attacked.
ANHRI is concerned that the new law will protect corrupt officials and penalise journalists who try to uncover it.
"The protests against AFP in Amman have taken a disturbing turn, with the demonstrators using threats and violence," RSF said.
On 15 July, security forces beat and injured 16 journalists in identifying orange vests during a demonstration and planned sit-in, including two who suffered broken bones.
Former minister Taher Adwan said he opposed repressive laws being debated by Parliament and called for press freedom to enable credible political reforms.
Some 300 Jordanians demanded the bureau's closure after the release of a news report saying that the king's motorcade had been attacked during his visit to the southern governorate of Tafileh.
Six men raided the office of the Al-Muharrir website in Amman, threatening its staff and destroying equipment.
The rights of students to free expression have been violated by intelligence officers and university administrations applying repressive regulations, Human Rights Watch says.
Yasser Abu Hilala, Al-Jazeera's Amman bureau chief, told CPJ that his office received death threats via telephone as well as on Facebook and email.
The investigation should include the security forces' failure to prevent violence by government supporters against protesters demanding reform, Human Rights Watch said.