Court acquits well-known columnist of defaming Parliament

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first_img News April 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits well-known columnist of defaming Parliament JordanMiddle East – North Africa to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Khaled Mahadin, a well-known columnist who writes for the government-owned Al Rai newspaper, has been acquitted of insulting parliament in an article posted on the website Khabberni on 13 February criticising the personal expenses of parliamentarians. Aged 68, Mahadin was an adviser to the late King Hussein.“This decision is a step in the right direction,” Reporters Without Borders said.The article that prompted a lawsuit by parliamentarians was entitled “For God’s Sakes, Abdallah.” Urging King Abdallah to dissolve parliament because of the “illegal privileges” enjoyed by its members, Mahadin criticised “the work of parliamentarians and the privileges given to them at the expense of Jordanian tax payers” and called on them “to cut spending and cancel plans to increase their salaries in a bid to face the global economic crisis.”As his article was posted online, Mahadin was tried under the criminal code instead of the press law. He had faced a possible two-year jail sentence on a charge of defamation under article 364 of the criminal code.A first hearing was held on 8 March. The next hearing, on 30 March, was postponed until 21 April so that Mahadin would go abroad for health reasons. The acquittal was issued on 27 April. News August 12, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests News April 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Organisation Follow the news on Jordan Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img

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