Heba Abu Taha released after detention for criticizing official body on social media

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AMMAN — Jordanian media have reported that the security authorities released journalist Heba Abu Taha on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Jordanian security services arrested journalist Heba Abu Taha, following a court ruling to imprison her for three months on charges of defaming an official body based on a post she shared on social media. اضافة اعلان

In a recent ruling subject to potential appeal, the Amman Criminal Court upheld a previous verdict that found journalist Taha guilty of defaming an official entity under Article 191 of the Penal Code and Article 15 of the Cybercrime Law, Amman Net reported. 

The ruling came after Jordan’s Cybercrime Unit provided evidence Abu Taha had written a post on Facebook regarding events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied east Jerusalem. The post included criticism of His Majesty King Abdullah, who she accused of normalization with Israel, and a picture of His Majesty with an Israeli flag. 

The decision to release Abu Taha came after she filed an appeal against the verdict, according to Arabi21.

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