CDFJ deplores journalists’ detention at airport

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AMMAN — The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) has lamented the recent detentions of Jordanian journalists Taghreed Rishq and Daoud Kuttab while returning to Jordan, according to a statement. It expressed its concern over detentions facing journalists based on judicial complaints made against them.اضافة اعلان

“Over the past two days, we have been following the case of the journalist Taghreed Rishq, who was detained when entering Jordan due to a judicial complaint,” the CDFJ said in a statement Tuesday. “She was held at the airport for more than 12 hours until she was allowed to leave, and that was after interventions to secure her release. All that Rishq knew during the hours of her detention was that she was wanted over a cybercrime case filed against her.”

The statement also mentioned the case of journalist Daoud Kuttab, who was detained a day later at the airport. Kuttab later wrote in AmmanNet that he was held for 90 minutes, and was told to appear at the police station the next day over a cybercrime case related to a story he wrote in 2019.

CDFJ affirmed that these measures represent a violation of human rights in general, and the rights of the press specifically. It called for urgent amendments to the Cybercrimes Law, especially Article 11, which allows the arrest and imprisonment of journalists and social media users underlining that detention in this case is a kind of pre-punishment.

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