Jordan : three-month jail sentences for five journalists



    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Editor Taher Al-Adwan and reporter
Sahar Al-Qassam of the daily Al-Arab Al-Youm and editor Osama Al-Sharif and
reporter Fayez Al-Lawzi of the daily Al-Dustour were sentenced to three months
in prison by a court in Amman on 18 March for articles last November
criticising a court decision as unfair. The Higher Judicial Council accused
them of "offence against the judicial system."
    The same court imposed the same sentence on Abd Al-Hadi Al-Majali, the
editor of the daily Al-Rai, on 13 March for posting an article on the
Runonline website (www.runonline.net) in December that accused the head of the
Jordanian Centre for Information of running up excessive expenses. Majali told
Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the sentence as it came just a
few months after the announced implementation of new rules decriminalizing
press offences.
    All five journalists are still free pending the outcome of the appeals
they are expected to file.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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