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In Jordan, TV anchor charged
under cybercrimes law for
Facebook post
November 6, 2015 6:03 PM
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Washington D.C., November 6, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Jordan to
release TV anchor Tareq Abu al-Ragheb
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOCNZLpEQ9H_EzmVaX5G0Ig/search?
query=%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%82+%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%BA%D8%A8+) who was arrested
Tuesday for posting allegedly insulting comments on Facebook, according to reports.
Abu al-Ragheb (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOCNZLpEQ9H_EzmVaX5G0Ig/search?
query=%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%82+%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%BA%D8%A8+) who works for the privately owned satellite
(http://www.factjo.com/pages/default.aspx) channel Al-Haqiqah International
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOCNZLpEQ9H_EzmVaX5G0Ig/search?
query=%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%82+%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%BA%D8%A8+), was charged with defamation under
Jordan's cybercrime law (http://www.shaabnews.com/text-58139.htm), which bans abusive and provocative remarks that are made
against a religion or promote hatred and threaten coexistence in the kingdom, according to his outlet
(http://www.factjo.com/pages/newsdetails.aspx?id=90840) and other (http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/tv-presenterdetained-over-facebook-post%E2%80%99#sthash.kfYQ9C3X.dpuf) reports.
Amman prosecutor general Rami Tarawneh ordered the journalist, who presents the TV show "Face the Truth"
(https://www.youtube.com/results?
search_query=%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%8A%D9%82%D8%A9+%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D9%
8A +%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AC%D9%87+%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%8A%D9%82%D8%A9) to be held in pretrial
detention for one week over a Facebook post that authorities described as "non-objective and full of libel and slander," reports that cited his
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tareq.ragheb/posts/10153633708288563) page said.
In a move criticized (http://www.jpa.jo/Inner.aspx?lng=2&pa=Details&Type=1&ID=402) by the Jordan Press Association, the
government ruled last month that defamation charges can be brought against journalists, news websites, and social networking sites
under the country's cybercrime law instead of its press law, which prevents journalists being imprisoned for press-related violations.
Those found guilty of being in violation of the cybercrime law face a jail term of no less than three months and a maximum fine of 2,000

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