Journalists fear government repression in Jordan

Threat of Islamic State seen as justification for clampdown.

By ROBERT SWIFT/ THE MEDIA LINE
August 27, 2015 13:48
3 minute read.
Jordanian-Syrian border

Soldiers stand on a tank at the Jordanian-Syrian border.. (photo credit: MUHAMMAD HAMED / REUTERS)

 
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Tourists flocking to the deserts and archeological wonders of Jordan are an important source of revenue for the Hashemite Kingdom. Of the millions of visitors each year, spellbound by the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, few stay long enough to appreciate the country’s local media scene.

But a report released by Human Rights Watch outlines what the group sees as a dangerous trend by Jordanian authorities following the arrest of Atef al-Jolani, a newspaper editor, and Eyad Qunaibi, an academic.

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