No one liked the last Lower House but this one is just acting retarded these days. AmmanNet, which is now Radio Al-Balad, has been banned from broadcasting the Lower House of Parliament sessions because apparently they’ve insulted MP’s. Apparently the “insult” came by way of a comment posted by a reader on January 29th.
According to (Sawsan) Zaidah, radio manager, as of early January, the station started implementing a monitoring system on the website that filters comments.
“In the system, we have created a blacklist of words. If one of the words in the blacklist is in the comments, the system will not publish it. But the word that the Lower House sees as insulting was not on this blacklist,” she told The Jordan Times. Zaidah added that there is a disclaimer on the stationâ€™s website clarifying that comments solely reflect readersâ€™ opinions.
According to Yehya Shqeir, a media law expert, article 189 of the Penal Code imposes penalties on publications and media outlets that publish words or descriptions deemed insulting to the Parliament or its members. [source]
Radio Al-Balad may look like a normal website, but it is at the end of the day, blog-enabled and embedded with fundamentals of citizen journalism. People are allowed to write and submit, while readers are allowed to comment.
So to look at this another way: the elected Lower House has decided that comments, left by random people, on anyone’s “website” can be deemed “insulting” and even “criminal” to the extent that those who run such “websites” can be sued. At least as far as those “insulting” words are about them.
And they also investigated themselves.