Tayseer Al-Najjar: Jordanian journalist sentenced to 3 year imprisonment in UAE

Published March 16th, 2017 - 12:39 GMT
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry have expressed their support for Najjar, and plan to appeal the decision. (Twitter)
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry have expressed their support for Najjar, and plan to appeal the decision. (Twitter)

Emirati courts have sentenced Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar to 3 years imprisonment over ‘damaging the reputation of the UAE and it’s symbols’. He has also been fined 500,000 UAE dinars (equivalent to around $136,130) and is due to be deported back to Jordan after he serves his prison sentence.

The final decision came after he endured a lengthy and difficult pre-trial period, during which he has continuously been in and out of detention, barred from travelling to Jordan and held incommunicado for a period of time. The UAE first targeted Najjar back in 2014 after he published a facebook post criticising the Emirates and Egypt in their decision to destroy underground tunnels in Gaza during the 2014 war.

The 42-year-old was detained and charged under the UAE’s cybercrime law, Article 29 of which prohibits the publication of any online information ‘with intent to make sarcasm or damage the reputation, prestige or stature of the state or of its symbols.’

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry have expressed their support for Najjar, and published the following tweet following his sentence:

 

The Foreign ministry of Jordan will continue to pursue the case of Mr Najar and co-ordinate with his lawyer and the concerned Emirati powers in order to appeal the decision. 

Tayseer Najar has also received an overwhelming number of supportive comments on social media from both Jordanians and Emiratis who are campaigning for his release. The hashtag #تيسير_النجار is currently trending in Jordan.

 
 
Nida Matar: Progress is not only in infrastructure and economy, progress is also in mindset, legislation, freedom and rights... and accepting the views of others, not suppressing and crushing them.
 
 
 Fatima from the Emirates: A guest in our country, arrested because of his views? I pray for his quick release and return to his family and country.

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