Jordan

6.3 million people
4,380 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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written by
Mary McGuire
Senior Program Manager, Freedom of Expression


Here are seven key countries (listed in alphabetical order) that have demonstrated little or no respect for human rights and should be opposed in their bids for seats on the Un Human Rights Council.

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.

Issues: 
Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

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.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa
written by
Ilana Ullman
Program Associate, Internet Freedom

Photo Credit: Global Voices Online

One year ago, U.S. lawmakers discovered what happens when you mess with the internet, as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and millions of ordinary users helped “black out” the net on January 18 to protest SOPA and PIPA—two controversial pieces of legislation that were designed to fight online piracy, but threatened instead to censor the internet and disrupt the way it functions. Since that day, there has been a rise in new laws around the world that restrict free speech online and prompt arrests of internet users, a key trend identified in Freedom House’s 2012 Freedom on the Net report.

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