AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian prosecutors say authorities have detained a journalist for publishing online statements alleging misconduct by royal officials.
The State Security court's chief prosecutor ordered the detention of Jamal Muhtaseb for 14 days pending investigation, according to a statement from the court obtained Tuesday.
Muhtaseb published allegations by a lawmaker saying the Royal Court, the office of Jordan's monarchy, instructed parliament not to refer to trial a former minister accused of corruption in a housing scheme backed by King Abdullah II.
The editor of Gerasanews.com also faces charges of disseminating "anti-regime sentiment," the statement said.
The head of Jordan's Press Association Tareq al-Momeni says his Monday arrest violates press freedom.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.