Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ex-parliamentarian arrested for criticising corruption online

I guess they're not as liberal in Jordan as they claim. Maybe next time he'll use a pseudonyme.

Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of former Jordanian parliamentarian Ahmad Oweidi Abbadi on 3 May for accusing King Abdallah’s government of corruption in an open letter to US senator Harry Reid that he posted on the Internet.

“This is the first time that someone has been arrested in Jordan because of what they posted online,” the press freedom organisation said. “Using imprisonment to silence a government opponent and to cover up embarrassing scandals in unacceptable.”...

The traditional media are closely watch in Jordan, and journalists have to belong to the government-controlled Jordanian Press Association.


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Anonymous chickpea said...

This is no surprise to me, but it's sad because many Americans think that Jordan is one country in the Middle East that is "progessive" and "moderate".

Of course we won't be hearing much about this on the news.

June 9, 2007 at 10:42 PM  

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