Press freedoms in Jordan

"On June 13, AFP and other international media quoted security officials and other sources as saying that the "rear part" of the king's motorcade was attacked by youths during a visit to the southern city of Tafileh. After the news hit the AFP wires, I started receiving threatening phone calls accusing me of being a "traitor" who is "trying to undermine the country's security and stability."
Three members of Parliament were particularly persistent, demanding the government try me in a military court. One of them is the controversial Yehya Saud, a member of Parliament from Tafileh, who organized protests outside AFP offices and the French embassy in Amman. He repeatedly demanded the government close the AFP bureau, take me to court, and expel me. The first protest Saud organized was announced by Petra, the Jordanian official news agency, which provided the street address for the AFP office.
Two days after the report, I received a call on my mobile phone. The caller confidently presented himself as Saud before he directly threatened me. "I will make you pay. I will chop you up into pieces. I will destroy your office and all those working there," Saud told me. ""

Posted on September 17, 2011 by As'ad