Jordan lawmakers approve bill to jail journalists for defaming religions Bernard Hibbitts at 11:29 AM ET
[JURIST] The lower house of the Jordanian parliament [official website] approved a bill Sunday that would subject journalists to jail sentences for defaming any religion protected under the country's constitution [text] - i.e. Islam, Christianity or Judaism - or "offending the prophets" by their writing or by cartoons. Imprisonment could also result from any "insult to religious sentiments and beliefs, fueling sectarian strife or racism," or "slanders or libels" against any individual. Journalists could also be fined for publications offensive to "prophets and religions." The legislation now goes to Jordan's upper house. The Jordanian Press Association [official website] has already criticized the measure as a weakening of press freedom. AFP has more.
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