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Jordan denies security services hacked website

“AMMAN — Jordan denied on Tuesday that its security services had hacked and, for several hours, silenced the kingdom’s most popular news website, Ammonnews, after its chief editor alleged they had done so.

‘We categorically reject the unproven and strange claims that the security services attacked the website,’ the state-run Petra news agency quoted an unidentified government official as saying.”

From AFP

New law allows government to regulate online content

“JORDAN–Reporters Without Borders is worried by a provisional cyber crimes law that the government decreed on 3 August and calls for its repeal. By establishing a legal framework for news and information websites and specifying sanctions for violators, it has created a legislative arsenal that can be used to regulate the Internet and punish those whose posts upset the authorities.

The penalties, which range from fines to forced labour, depend on the content posted. The authorities have invoked the need to defend the public interest and regulate the online “chaos” but website owners and online journalists regard the law as a threat to the freedom of the media and communications.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Jordan blocks public sector workers from 50 websites

Jordan has barred public sector workers from accessing more than 50 websites at work, after it was found they were wasting almost 3 hours a day online.

The 30-day study found that public servants visited 70 million websites at work, of which only 130,000 were relevant to their jobs.

The country’s Information Minister, Marwan Juma, told BBC News that the policy would “improve services”.

“We knew there was waste, but not to this extent,” he said.

From BBC News

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