Jordan blocking more websites

Al Bawada reported yesterday that the Kingdom of Jordan is now blocking more 200 websites.

Access to Jordan News Websites Blocked: Press & Publications Crackdown Launched

Access to a number of news websites in Jordan has been blocked, after a warning letter was sent to the Telecommuincations Regulatory Commission (TRC) on Sunday.

The letter was sent by Head of the Press and Publications Department Fayez Al Shawabkah. “Based on Article (49), Paragraph (G) of the Press and Publications Law number (8) for the year 1988 and its amendments, I decided to block the news websites included in the annexed list, effective on its date”, Al Shawabkah said in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by Al Bawaba.

More than 250 websites were listed in the letter.

Rest of article.

The International Press Institute criticized the blockage and urged Jordanian authorities to guarantee the public’s free access to information.

“The recent blockages to news websites in Jordan, as well as the tightening restrictions on social media commentary are an enormous blow to freedom of expression and threaten the public’s access to important information” IPI Deputy Director Anthony Mills said.

“We encourage authorities in Jordan and elsewhere to find alternatives to ensuring the quality of content that do not jeopardize international or domestic agreements, or restrict free access to information,” he added.

 

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  1. Dear Colleague,
    National Press Club, Nepal{NPCN} has been always working hard under the UNESCO principles believing Peace,Progress and Democracy as the fundamental rights of people.To inform people with truth and factual information is our ethical norms, and further we are sincere, dedicated and well-disciplined to protect occupational rights as well.
    NPCN is a representative organization for journalists, who have keen
    dedication to elevate the journalism as the forth organ of nation; and
    also has been contributing people with well information.We extend our friendship relations.NPCN to fulfill the following aims
    -to exchange the ideals .
    -to exchange views with journalists science & technology.
    -to work for peace, environmental and friendship among the peoples .
    -believe in democracy.always works to protect occupational rights.
    We are keen interested to attend your forthcoming events.Please send us reply early as soon as possible.
    With best regards.
    Yours,
    Rup Karmacharya
    Secretary,
    NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, NEPAL
    GPO Box 4447 Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Website: www. npc.org.np
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    International Organization of Journalists(IOJ)_1991
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