dinars (US$2,800).
"Using Jordan's cybercrimes law to jail journalists is a disturbing development," said CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program
coordinator, Sherif Mansour. "The government should reverse its decision about the cybercrimes law and release Tareq Abu
al-Ragheb immediately."
According to reports, the prosecutor did not specify which post led to Abu al-Ragheb's arrest. An unnamed contact, said by reports
(http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/tv-presenter-detained-over-facebook-post%E2%80%99%20) to be close to the journalist,
said he had shared several (https://www.facebook.com/tareq.abualragheb/videos/vb.158716397615818/543753349112119/?
type=2&theater) posts (https://www.facebook.com/tareq.abualragheb/videos/vb.158716397615818/543232859164168/?
type=2&theater) in recent weeks that were critical (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICR9XDgfa08&feature=youtu.be) of Arab
countries. One post, viewed by CPJ, shared a poem "I am Arab," in which the journalist tweaked the original lines to give his
commentary on the current state of Arab countries, a critique of their leaders, and their inaction to the Palestinian cause.

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On Sunday, Abu al-Ragheb shared a video on his official page of his TV show from Saturday
(https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pgl8OMX8cf8&feature=youtu.be), which was titled "Corruption, Suspensions, but
no Corrupt People." The episode covered the alleged use of dangerous chemicals in the farming industry and raised
suspicions about an official news report into a fire in Amman international airport, which according to reports
(http://arabic.cnn.com/middleeast/2015/10/27/jodran-fire-egyptians) left eight dead.
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