It is very important for us to keep on fighting, because there is no pressure on the government to change the law.
Lina Ejeilat is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of 7iber.com, an online publication “that seeks to inform, inspire, and engage communities to foster a more open society”.
Almost two years ago, the Jordanian government blocked some 292 news websites for failing to comply with the country’s press and publications law. The move came shortly after controversial changes were made to the law requiring all “electronic publications” to register with the government and obtain a licence. The changes also required that editors-in-chief of news websites be members of the Jordan Press Association.
In an interview with IPI, Ejeilat reflects on the fallout from the changes to the law.