The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) has expressed its concern over the detainment of journalist Osama al-Rameini in Salt Prison North of the Jordanian capital of Amman.
In a statement to the press criticizing Rameini’s 14 day detainment, the Center stated that the journalist’s mistreatment is a form of pre-trial punishment in contradiction with international law.
“We have not yet been afforded the opportunity to examine the charges directed at Mr. Rameini, under the pretense of which he has been detained” a spokesperson for CDFJ stated.
The CDFJ also announced that lawyers from the Center’s Media Legal Aid Unit (MELAD) have been assigned Rameini’s case and will work to secure the journalist’s release as soon as possible.
According to CDFJ Executive President Nidal Mansour, the repeated detainment of journalists in Jordan is troubling and represents one aspect of a larger trend of violations committed against media professionals.
“The persistence of these violations,” says Mansour, “forces us to once again call for necessary legislative amendments to ensure the removal of all liberty depriving punishments [in cases levied against media professionals].”
Mr. Mansour called on parliament to act in solidarity with journalists by increasing the pace of reform and banning liberty depriving punishments in media related cases.