Why Are Jordanian News Sites Still Bad? And Why Isn’t Porn Blocked Yet?

I’ve been a bit confused about something I’ve observed online recently and maybe a fellow Jordanian out there can shed some light for me. So, over a year ago, while the government was crafting amendments to the Press and Publication law to include the registration (and subsequent censorship) of what the law called “electronic publications” […]

Commentary, Media

For Talal

“You haven’t written for months,” a friend tells you recently. And as you stare at another blank page begging to be filled with words like a canvas needs paint, like a skyline needs a Sun, you realize there’s nothing you can write that someone hasn’t already thought about, written about, or managed to articulate in a […]

Blogging, Life

When The Jordanian Government Thought Internet Censorship Was a Bad Idea

Photo Courtesy of: Jordan Open Source Association Once upon a time, the Jordanian government thought that censoring the Internet was actually a bad thing. In fact, the government felt that the best regulators of what content users should consume were the users themselves, in the form of the community – parents, schools, etc. Government recognises […]

Blogging, Commentary, Jordan, Jordanian Politics, Media

Wednesday Blackout: Jordan Moves To Censor The Internet, Again

This is a subject that, I admit, I have avoided writing about like the plague, and for good reason. After months of witnessing a group absurdly demanding the government actually move in to censor porn sites, and after months of a counter movement trying to convince people that self-regulation is the key and that any […]

Blogging, Commentary, Jordan, Jordanian Politics, Media