International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan

first_img Receive email alerts to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown News RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa News News October 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordancenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests International Press InstituteActive Watch – Media Monitoring AgencyAfrica Freedom of Information CentreArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association for Freedom of Thought and ExpressionBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationFoundation for Press FreedomFreedom HouseI’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in IsraelIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders JordanMiddle East – North Africa News The following letter was sent to King Abdullah II, urging an end to restrictions on websites and amendments to the country’s media laws: June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information His Majesty King Abdullah IIThe Royal PalaceAmman, Jordancc: His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister7 October 2013International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in JordanYour Majesty,We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the continued restrictions placed on dozens of news websites in Jordan and provisions in the Press and Publications Law that enable the government to block Internet news media.According to the information available to us, nearly 300 websites have been affected by the restrictions that were imposed on 1 June 2013 by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and many continue to be blocked to users within Jordan. We consider these moves by government authorities to prevent the distribution of news and information to be out of line with internationally accepted press freedom standards and practices. They also contravene Jordan’s longstanding commitment, under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the national Constitution, to respect freedom of expression and access to information. Many Jordanians believe these restrictions are in violation of the principles of press freedom and guarantees made in the Jordanian Constitution.Despite the commitments made by high-level representatives of the Jordanian government during the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, which was held in Amman in May, and promises they made during an emergency press freedom mission by representatives of several of our organisations, including ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and IPI, there is little evidence that your government is taking any steps to redress the restrictions placed on information sites. No draft amended law has been discussed by the government and no attempt has been made to communicate with affected media and civil society to discuss possible solutions.To end any doubt about Jordan’s commitments to press freedom and a pluralistic media environment, we urge your government to immediately end the blockage of news websites within and outside Jordan. Furthermore, we urge the government to amend provisions of the Press and Publications Law that require the licensing of all news websites.By reversing policies that effectively silence independent voices of information Your Majesty would send a strong message that Jordan respects its international commitments to freedom of information and expression, and would underscore your ministers’ stated commitment to press freedom in the country.We thank you for your personal attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,last_img read more

The Pac-12 Approves Plan For Non-Conference Football Games

first_img Tags: Pac-12 November 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local The Pac-12 Approves Plan For Non-Conference Football Games Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-In a Thursday statement released by the Pac-12 Conference, its CEO group has approved the flexibility for Pac-12 universities to schedule non-conference football game opponents.These potential games are subject to certain parameters. They are as follows:All Pac-12 testing and related protocols must be adhered to by the non-conference opponent.The non-conference game will, in all cases, be a home game for the Pac-12 team and be broadcast by a Pac-12 television partner.If a Pac-12 opponent becomes available by the end of day Thursday in any given week, the conference game must be played in lieu of any non-conference game.As a Pac-12 institution, the University of Utah is affected by this ruling.last_img read more