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Jordan to censor the internet

Jordan's Appeal Court has extended the reach of its print and publications law to cover electronic media, meaning that it will censor sites and blogs, writing in ArabCrunch, Gaith Saqer that,

empowers authorities to prosecute or impose fines on any electronic medium of Publishing from SMS to the Internet user from Twitter user, to facebook, to journalists, bloggers and editors for publishing online material that the law finds wrong.

He quotes, Basil Okur, editor of Jordan's online news site, Ammon saying that he will comply with the law but he wonders how it will implemented considering the technical challenges the country

In the Jordan Times online paper, Hani Hazaimeh, reports thus,

Electronic media editors and activists on Thursday said the recent Cassation Court's decision to subject news websites and electronic media to the Press and Publications Law will curb Internet freedom.

It remains to be seen how the Jordanian authorities will implement the law.

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