Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Jordan
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2007|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2006 - Snapshots: Jordan, February 2007, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5676623.html [accessed 26 May 2013]|
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Security agents questioned Fahd al-Rimawi, editor of the weekly Al-Majd, for more than six hours on May 8 over an article criticizing the government's announcement that it had uncovered a Hamas arms cache, son Mothaffar al-Rimawi told CPJ. The editor was not allowed to call his family or newspaper.
Two editors were sentenced on May 30 to two months in prison for publishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Jihad Momani, former editor-in-chief of the weekly Shihan, and Hashem al-Khalidi, editor-in-chief of the weekly Al-Mehwar, were found guilty by an Amman court of offending religious feelings and beliefs. Both editors were released on bail pending appeal.
On June 8, security services abruptly halted a live Al-Jazeera interview with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's brother-in-law, briefly detaining interviewer Yasser Abu Hilala and his crew in al-Zarqa, north of Amman. Al-Jazeera was interviewing Abu Qudama, who praised his brother-in-law, an al-Qaeda leader killed by U.S. forces in Iraq, when Jordanian security officers interrupted the interview and arrested Qudama. A CBS freelance correspondent and cameraman waiting to interview Qudama after Al-Jazeera were also detained at the scene and had their equipment confiscated.