Maryam Jamshidi

News Site Censorship Prevalent in Jordan

July 16, 2014

Jordan just blocked access to nine different news websites. The government is following up on a law passed in 2012 that ruled that any unlicensed website poses a security threat.

According to Your Middle East,¬†the law “says the chief editors of news websites must be members of the Jordan Press Association, giving the government the right to censor content and hold journalists liable for comments posted on webpage.”

Some of the blocked websites continue to refuse to comply with the law as it inhibits freedom of expression and enables the government to control media output. In fact, over 250 sites had changed their web addresses last year after they had been blocked.

Jordan is not the only Arab country experiencing tighter control of the media as of late. Iraq’s government recently blocked access to social media sites Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, claiming that they also serve as a security threat.

To read more from Your Middle East¬†on Jordan’s law and the sites it affects, click here.

Written by Sonja Trierweiler, social media specialist and blogger on the Middle East.