Media watchdog: Jordan must do more to guard press

AP News
Posted: Jun 22, 2011 9:33 AM
Media watchdog: Jordan must do more to guard press

A New York-based media watchdog says Jordan has failed to make good on pledges to protect journalists and arrest those behind a recent attack on the office of the French news agency.

A spokesman for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mohamed Abdel Dayem, said Wednesday the government's inaction tacitly endorses violence against the press.

Last week, assailants swinging clubs stormed Agence France Presse's office in the Jordanian capital after it and other media reported that King Abdullah II's motorcade was stoned during a visit to a southern town. The government denied the reports and protesters accused AFP of inaccurate reporting.

On Tuesday, the country's information minister said he resigned because of disagreements over laws he says restrict media freedoms.