The LA Times has an article about Ahmed Oweidi, an ex-MP who is head of a small political party, Jordan National Movement. I used to receive a lot of emails from their website for some reason and I guess they put me on a mailing list. I am pretty much at odds with a lot, if not most, of what the party says and the way it addresses issues, especially the larges doses of hypocrisy and contradictions. I not only disagree with the Jordan National Movement, I think they’re a bunch of nuts and I think we have a lot of political parties that are a bunch of nuts. That’s just my opinion and I’m entitled to it.
Ahmed was arrested a few weeks back and I’ve been reading up on the issue since.
I mentioned my disagreement earlier as a way of saying that irregardless of someone’s politics, it remains utter stupidity that anyone is still being jailed for what they say out loud in Jordan.
This case is even more absurd because he was arrested for what he said in an email. I can only imagine the precedent this sets for what is said on an even bigger media platform: a blog!
The old guard is sticking to old ways: jail whoever disagrees with the status quo. What they don’t seem to realize is that old ways don’t work in new environments. New media keeps a new generation of Jordanian, representing half the population, more informed than ever before. Rarely is someone jailed without everyone knowing about it and drawing their own conclusions. It’s as easy as someone emailing me the story from the LA Times website in an attempt to get me to talk about it on my blog.
Moreover, if the concept is to jail someone in order to crush an idea or a party or a rival, it in fact only garners them more support than ever before. It’s the equivalent of the Jordanian government banning a book and then wondering why everyone in Jordan seems to have read it.
(Many thanks to whoever emailed me the story)
(sorry for the earlier typo)