Jordan drops to 146th place on press freedom index — report

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AMMAN — Jordan's press freedom ranking has fallen to 146th out of 180 countries, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders released on World Press Freedom Day. اضافة اعلان

The Kingdom has fallen 26 places from its previous position of 120 in 2022, according to Jo24.

Reporters Without Borders highlighted that Jordanian media remains under government control, with many television channels still semi-governmental, including Al-Mamlaka TV.

The authorities, they said, also control media outlets by appointing their chief editors and limiting their finances. Furthermore, media outlets with privileged access are favored over others when covering events in certain parts of the country.

Legal framework restricting press freedomAccording to the report, Jordanian authorities strengthened their control over information flow following the revision of the Press and Publication Law in 2012.

The government has blocked hundreds of websites, and the Cybercrime Law adopted in 2015 has resulted in the arrest of individuals for posting on social media.

Journalists have been pursued under anti-terrorism laws, which are not transparent.

The report states that the authorities can prosecute journalists before the judiciary and force them to pay exorbitant costs, making it challenging for private media outlets to survive.

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