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Jordan’s King Abdullah Endorses Controversial Media Law

It also gives the authorities the power to block and censor websites, whose owners will be held responsible for comments posted on them.

Human Rights Watch accused the government of using such legislation to “go after opponents and critics”. Media professionals and ordinary citizens regularly found themselves charged with and convicted of criminal offences related to speech, it said.In April, the State Security Court military prosecutor detained the editor of the Gerasa News website for trying to “undermine the system of government” after it published an article about the king’s alleged intervention in a corruption investigation.

Full source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19634056

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