24 July 1996


"Akhbar al-Ousbouh" editor-in-chief Tawfik Kiwane remanded in custody

On 24 July 1996, Tawfik Kiwane, the editor-in-chief of the weekly
"Akhbar al-Ousbouh", was remanded in custody for two weeks for
"spreading false news." The weekly had published an article about
a bank robbery in the city of Zarqa, near Amman. According to a
judicial source, the article was "completely made-up."

Kiwane is the fourth journalist in the past two months who has
been jailed. He risks being imprisoned for several months as well
as being subject to a heavy fine.

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    His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal
    King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    The Royal Palace
    Amman, Jordan
    Fax: +962 6 634 755

    His Excellency Dr Abd al-Karim Kabariti
    Prime Minister
    Office of the Prime Minister
    PO Box 80
    Amman, Jordan
    Fax: +962 6 642 520

    His Excellency Abd al-Karim al-Dughami
    Minister of Justice
    Ministry of Justice
    Amman, Jordan
    Telegram: Minister of Justice, Amman, Jordan

    His Excellency Awad Khleifat
    Minister of the Interior
    Ministry of the Interior
    Amman, Jordan
    Fax: +962 6 606 908

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