Al Bawaba breaks free: one of the lucky nine websites Jordan unblocks

Published June 5th, 2013 - 11:33 GMT
Visitors to some news websites in Jordan are greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."
Visitors to some news websites in Jordan are greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."

The Jordanian government on Wednesday unblocked a number of news websites that have rectified their licenses, days after more than 250 websites were banned.

A total of 9 websites were unblocked, including Al Bawaba.

The move follows a government crackdown on news websites that failed to comply with government licensing restrictions. Hundreds of websites were blocked on Sunday, after a letter was sent from the Head of the Press and Publications Department (PPD) to the Telecommuincations Regulatory Commission (TRC).

Amendments to the 2012 Press and Publications Law meant that websites had to operate within the same framework as traditional media companies in the Kingdom.

Media proessionals protested vehemently against the changes and some news websites continue to refuse users the ability to leave comments, in a show of frustration against the amendments.

The majority of the websites that were listed, including Jordan Days and Saraya News, remain banned and continue to display the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of telecommunication regulatory commission."


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