It was just four years ago that HM King Abdullah II commented on The Black Iris, the well known Jordanian blog. You can see His Majesty’s comment here.
In that comment the King said: “We are a country of freedom, tolerance, diversity and openness, and everyone has the right to express their thoughts – no matter what they are”
That was in 2008.
Tomorrow, our Parliament will vote on a law that, if passed, will basically make the Black Iris an illegal site.
As far as I know, the Black Iris’s blogger, Naseem Tarawnah, is not a member of the press syndicate. His site, which the government might deem as a “news site” is not registered and licensed by the government.
The new law basically gives the government the right to block Nassem’s site.
We all know that some Jordanian new sites are unprofessional and have cause many people harm. But the answer is not to put a law in place that attempts to kill our freedom of expression and kill our emerging internet content industry.
I can’t recognize this country anymore.
How did we get from the King’s comment in 2008 to here?