The arrest of two Jordanian activists on July 4 after attending a debate on the impact of Jordan’s press and publications law is illustrative of an ongoing crackdown by Jordanian authorities on free expression. Freedom House calls for the immediate release of both activists and for the government to allow for open public debate of the Press and Publications Law without fear of detention.
The blocking of over 200 online media outlets in Jordan impedes press freedom and imposes censorship on Jordanian citizens who seek information online. Freedom House calls for the revision of the country’s Press and Publications Law to reflect international norms of press freedom and access to information.
Draft amendments to Jordan’s Press and Publications Law with regards to website content are the latest attempt by the Jordanian government to muzzle its critics and the media. Freedom House denounces these amendments as an affront to press freedom and calls upon the Jordanian parliament to vote against them.