CAIRO: The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned Friday the raid on an Iraqi Channel by the Jordanian authorities and called for the release of the detained staffer.
On June 9, Jordanian authorities stormed and shut down the Amman-based Al-Abasyia TV station, which opposes Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki over the charges of broadcasting without having work license. The Jordanian forces also arrested the 14-member staff, according to a press statement issued by Reporters Without Borders organization.
“We call on authorities to immediately substantiate or scrap the charges against the Al-Abasiya TV staff members,” CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Sherif Mansour said.
Jordanian State Security Court accused Al-Abasyia owner and staffer on charges of inciting terrorism against Jordanians, an anonymous judicial source told France 24 on Thursday. The source added that the staffers are Syrian, Iraqi, and Jordanian.
“Charging journalists and media workers with terrorism offenses is a big step in the wrong direction for Jordan, which once was considered a leader in press freedom in the Middle East,” Mansour added in the statement.