Jordan detained 10 journalists in 2015, watchdog says
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Jordan detained 10 journalists in 2015, watchdog says

Reporters held by courts under anti-terrorism rules, according to Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists

File: Jordanian journalists protest in front of the country's Parliament in Amman in 2011 over changes to the country's anti-corruption laws that they claimed muzzled press freedoms in the kingdom. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)
File: Jordanian journalists protest in front of the country's Parliament in Amman in 2011 over changes to the country's anti-corruption laws that they claimed muzzled press freedoms in the kingdom. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

AMMAN, Jordan — A group monitoring restrictions on the media says 10 Jordanian journalists were detained in 2015, the highest number in years.

Saturday’s annual report by the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists also says more than 90 percent of 251 journalists who were surveyed censor themselves. Themes considered off limits to criticism are religion, the royal court and the armed forces.

Jordan’s government spokesman declined comment.

The report counted 57 violations against journalists, fewer than in 2014.

However, 10 journalists were detained last year under new anti-terrorism laws.

Nidal Mansour, head of the watchdog group, called for scrapping provisions that enable courts to jail journalists and others for expressing forbidden views.

Mansour said the last detentions were in 2013, when two journalists were held.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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