Jordan journalists demand end to censorship
AMMAN - Around 600 Jordanian journalists demonstrated on Monday in the capital to demand an "independent and free media," rejecting government censorship.
"No to censorship! Our freedom is protected despite government domination. Security services have tied our hands," they chanted outside the government-owned Al-Rai Arabic-language newspaper.
Artists, MPs and also Information Minister Taher Adwan joined the demonstrators, who carried banners reading: "We want independent and free media, not government censorship."
"Direct and indirect government intervention in the press have killed journalists' dreams in having free media to report the truth," the protesters said in a statement.
"The government and security services should stop such intervention."
Adwan, formerly the editor of the independent Al-Arab Al-Yawm daily, supported the protesters' demands.
"Journalists should reject any pressure that prevents them from doing their jobs," he told the demonstrators, including a group of Al-Rai employees who have been protesting for two weeks to demand better pay and conditions.
He added that "there will be no political reforms unless the media is reformed."
Inspired by the popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, Jordanians have been protesting for weeks to demand political and economic reforms.