Jordan\'s Top Newspaper Chairman Reinstated in Job after Resignation
The chairman of the board of directors of Jordan's top Arabic-language newspaper, Khaled Karaki, was reinstated in his job five months after his resignation, the newspaper said Monday.
"The board of directors of the Jordan Press Foundation, Al Rai, met yesterday (Sunday) and unanimously elected Khaled Karaki as chairman of the board effective yesterday," a brief announcement said.
Karaki tendered his resignation five months ago to protest the dismissal by Al Rai daily of Imad Hajjaj, Jordan's most popular cartoonist, who has since taken his drawings to Al Rai's rival newspaper Al Dustour.
Karaki, a former minister and previous head of the royal cabinet, is also chairman of the board of directors of Al Rai's sister English-language newspaper, the Jordan Times.
"I have returned in the name of freedoms and reform," Karaki told the Jordan Times after his reinstatement.
Hajjaj had told AFP in July that he was dismissed by Al Rai over a cartoon published July 4 poking fun at Fast Link, a mobile phone company and one of the daily's top clients.
But the newspaper's editor-in-chief Suleiman al-Qodah later told AFP that Hajjaj was dismissed as an "administrative measure" -- AMMAN (AFP)
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