The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused the
Jordanian government of stifling calls for democratic change after the
country's intelligence service disabled a news website and removed a letter to
the King demanding political reforms.
The IFJ backed protests by journalists' leaders and others who
joined a protest after the country's biggest news website http://www.ammonnews.net/ was hacked
into and a report over the letter was taken down. Leaders of the IFJ affiliate,
the Jordanian Press Association(JPA), joined the demonstration which was held
outside the union offices in central Amman.
"This is a sinister development that shows how vulnerable free speech on
the internet has become to spooks and censors from inside government," said
Aidan White IFJ General Secretary. "We support the rights of journalists across
all sectors of the media to publish freely. This incident is shocking evidence
of political interference in the democratic process."
The IFJ says that it will support the Jordan Press Association and its
members who demand that journalists are allowed to work without restraint,
particularly when voices calling for political change are being heard
across the Arab world and in Jordan itself.
"This is a momentous time when the people have a right to know and a
right to participate in debates about the future," said White. "It is not
for government and their security people to try to censor legitimate comment."
For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 07
The IFJ represents more than
600.000 members in 125 countries