Journalists charged in Jordan

01.28.03

I just love it how international journalists complain about Israeli restrictions on its generally free press, but say nothing about things like this:

Three journalists were formally charged Tuesday with slandering Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and harming Jordan’s reputation in an article that discussed the sex life of the prophet and his wife, Aisha.

Muhannad Mubaideen, 29, Roman Haddad, 28, and Nasser Qamash, 33, were also charged at the trial’s opening with “destabilizing the society, propagating perversity and circulating false rumors.”

The charges, outlined in an indictment sheet read out at Jordan’s military State Security Court, are considered misdemeanors punishable by up to three years in jail and a fine.

Under the law, the verdict and sentencing are irrevocable.

Yeah, sure, good ol’ freedom of the press.

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1 Peter 01.28.03 at 7:34 PM

What a joke. The irony is that one of the charges against these men was “harming Jordan’s reputation.”

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2 Hanthala 01.30.03 at 7:18 PM

Strange, there’s that line of argument again. “Well, Jordan does this so its allright if Israel does that.”

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