Security grounds used to prosecute
Jordan’s media take care to observe the limitations set by the authorities. Journalists are subject to close surveillance by the intelligence services and must be affiliated with the state-controlled Jordanian Press Association. The authorities have stepped up control, especially over the Internet, since 2012, when the press and publications law was overhauled. Hundreds of websites have been blocked since 2013 because they do not have a license. Security grounds are often used to prosecute and sometimes jail journalists under an extremely vague terrorism law. Gag orders issued by the media commission restrict the public debate and limit journalists’ access to information on sensitive issues.
135 in 2016
44.49 in 2016