I saw this two-liner news report on Ammon last note as they broke it but the details were still to sketchy to post. Those details have not much improved over night, but the gist of the story is that two Jordanian journalists were stopped by an unknown body (most likely security-related) and held for several hours without charges. They were then released. According to updates this morning on Ammon, the Prime Minister played a central role in securing their release.
This comes a little over a month since HM King Abdullah declared that the jailing of journalists was prohibited.
Which forces me to wonder whether someone simply didn’t get the message, or if someone is sending one.
In other interesting media developments. Al-Ghad has an interesting column today about access to information. Lately, the daily newspaper launched a sidebar that showcases who they label as “officials against transparency”, featuring their name and a brief of what they’ve done to deserve a spot on the very public wall of shame. For over a week, the Minister of Water has been featured for denying a reporter from Al-Ghad the right to ask questions about the Disi water project. Given the continued delayed reaction, I’m assuming that this isn’t being taken too seriously by officials. However, I think it’s a great idea, and, if sustained, I think it will eventually catch on and be a source of embarrassment for public officials. Although Al-Ghad insists that the intention is not to humiliate but rather to hold people accountable.
Suffice to say, in reality, it manages to do both.
And that’s something that’s needed.