I just want to remind you guys that they didn't fight while discussing Water shortage in Jordan nor while discussing poverty in Jordan but over elections of House committees just similar to what teenagers at Yarmouk University fought over, Yes such mentality represents us in Parliament and while they are supposed to put plans, discuss and force government direction into a way that makes Jordanian lives better they are fighting for silly reasons just like teenagers.
This issue should raise up the red alert, government now are responsible on educating people, fortunately we have a good margin of democracy in Jordan but unfortunately we do not know how to use it yet therefore there should be some public lectures to educate people, people should start question everything those deputies should be responsible and we should be able to take them off the Parliament but hey! are we different anyway ?
By Mohammad Ben Hussein
AMMAN Ã¢â‚¬â€ Four major Arabic-language dailies on Monday said they boycotted Parliament after some deputies beat up press photographers and seized their cameras.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was an unjustified attack from Parliament members who were supposed to safeguard democracy and constitutional right of the press to cover issues of public interest,Ã¢â‚¬Â editors of Al Rai, Al Dustour, Al Arab Al Yawm and Al Ghad said in a joint statement.
They also denounced a decision by House Speaker Abdul Hadi Majali to confiscate the cameras.
The incident occurred when photojournalists were taking pictures of a fistfight between deputies Mohammad Adwan (Balqa, 2nd District) and Abed Thawabieh (Amman, 7th District) over elections of House committees. MPs, including Mefleh Rheimi (Jerash), Ghaleb ZuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢bi (Balqa, 1st District), insulted the press photographers and called them Ã¢â‚¬Å“animalsÃ¢â‚¬Â. Five minutes later, Thawabieh and Adwan attacked each other again, and Rheimi, ZuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢bi and Hatem Sarayreh (Karak, 3rd District), who were trying to end the scuffle, beat up and insulted the photojournalists for taking photos for the second time.
The newspapers said they planned to boycott sessions and activities of Parliament Ã¢â‚¬Å“until the House issues a formal apology, condemn this behaviour, return the confiscated cameras and repair the damaged onesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
According to the statement, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Parliament should be committed to providing proper working conditions for journalists.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Jordan Press Association expressed strong condemnation of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“irresponsible and dangerousÃ¢â‚¬Â act, calling on journalists to boycott Parliament and demanding an apology from Majali, according to a statement.
Describing relations between deputies and journalists as Ã¢â‚¬Å“difficultÃ¢â‚¬Â, the association called on the House to Ã¢â‚¬Å“provide protection to journalistsÃ¢â‚¬Â at Parliament.
Also, Nidal Mansour, head of the Centre for Defending Freedom of Journalists, said it was Ã¢â‚¬Å“unacceptable to insult photographers and journalists for doing their jobsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The Higher Council for Media, meanwhile, said Parliament should be a Ã¢â‚¬Å“key supporter of freedom of expression and the press, particularly that crucial legislation will be discussed during the current House sessionÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The Foreign Press Club also denounced the attack and called on Parliament to take action to protect journalists.
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