Decision to ban arresting journalists at airports goes into effect

(Photo: Amman Net)
AMMAN  — Minister of State for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul announced a decision banning the arrest of journalists at airports. Rather, these individuals must be notified of having a case and to refer to the relevant authorities later, according to the Amman Net website.اضافة اعلان

The decision went into effect on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

The Islamic Action Front’s Freedoms Committee denounced the arrests of journalists, citing that these individuals are often detained for hours and that they practiced their right of freedom of expression and opinion. The committee considers this action a huge provocation to the rights of the press, expression and opinion guaranteed by the law and Constitution.

Head of the committee, Abd Al Qader Ahmad Mohammad Al Khatib, called for ending the “muzzling voices” approach and trespassing the public and media freedoms and the people’s rights since this approach has affected Jordan’s reputation.

Khatib contended that Jordan has been going backward on the freedom indicators globally, indicating that the last report by the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) showed a decline in press freedom in Jordan.

This is in light of the additional restrictions imposed by successive governments and the tightening of the security measures against journalists.

He also called for amending all freedom-restricting laws, especially cybercrime cases, preventing journalists’ detention, and advocating the release of all prisoners of conscience.

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