Our Choice or Their Choice What Internet Censorship is all about

Our Choice or Their Choice What Internet Censorship is all about

Last night around 2:00 a.m I got into an interesting discussion with a local tweep here in Jo as soon as I started tweeting my opinions on #BlackOutJo – by 4:15 a.m – I was exhausted and we still ended up having different opinions. Nevertheless, I decided to refer to a few links that he has provided, and leave a few opinions and commentary regarding those.

 1.إلزامية المواقع بالترخيص والتسجيل في دائرة المطبوعات والنشر

I think the above is a must and I agree with it, as long as it’s a news agency – as I don’t see that personal blogs are part of this criteria and shouldn’t be – but as per my understanding to some of the tweets out there – some online news agencies are not registered.

. 2.إعتبار ما يسري على المطبوعات الورقية يسري أيضا على المواقع الإخبارية الإلكترونية

I also agree with the above – I believe that any kind of journalism whether in print or electronic should abide by the same rules – as long as its ethical journalism, that is objective, not plagiarised content or fake news that are aimed to bring in views to the site

3.تقصير مدة التقاضي أمام المحاكم من 6 أشهر إلى 4 أشهر

No Comment

 4.إنشاء غرف تقاضي خاصة في المحاكم للنظر بالقضايا التي حددها القانون

Also no comment – however a clear print and electronic copy of that law must be available for all to know their rights

 5.إعتبار التعليقات جزء من مسؤولية المواقع الإخبارية

I think that is crazy. One may argue that some comments are left un-moderated with profanity, racism and really nasty discrimination. However holding the news agencies responsible for the comments generated by the users is plain dumb. If I write a comment that is against what has been written in the article by the news agency – they may not approve it in fear of getting in trouble with the law – too bad for my personal opinion.

 6.يحق لمدير المطبوعات والنشر حجب المواقع الإخبارية غير الأردنية عن الشبكة العنكبوتية إذا خالفت القانون

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! Now that is just 1900’s and backward. Let’s assume I am reading an article on BBC that the “LAW” doesn’t approve of – why should it be blocked? This is basically telling me that I have no right to read article that I see online, and hence I have

no opinion as I won’t be able to create my own when I read only the content that the law approves of

With the above said – I am strongly against censorship of any kind, believing that people should have free access to all information;  I

don’t want to hear the news the gov chooses to feed me – I’d like to read the news that I choose. Basically, When our country decides what content we’re allowed to read..we’re being TOLD to believe what they choose to publish.

Internet users have a fundamental right to read information and voice their opinions about. Yesterday I found out on Wikipedia that Jordan already has selective internet filtering imposed. That means, filtering in at least one of the four areas (political, social, conflict/security, and Internet tools).

Thank You for taking the time to read this – I will approve all of your comments with no censorship, as long as you use polite language and do not attack in unethical manners.


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  1. To be denied the freedom and the right to speak one’s thoughts, which is a fundamental human right, regardless of who claims to be offended by it – excluding profanity, outright lies and misinformation or obvious attempts to defame someone’s reputation – is unacceptable and tantamount to slavery of the dark ages. Cowards are those who say only what is safe to say, and criticize only what is permissable to criticize.

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