Jordanian journalists protest Friday's assault

09:04, July 18, 2011      

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Dozens of journalists and activists held a sit-in in Jordan on Sunday in protest of alleged police assault against several media personnel in a demonstration over the weekend.

Tareq Momani, president of Jordan Press Association, condemned Friday's assault against journalists, saying that the reporters were only "doing their job" by covering a demonstration in downtown Amman.

On Friday, scores of journalists were beaten up by policemen, according to eyewitnesses, who said many of the journalists suffered bruises and fractures. The demonstration, which was organized by youth groups, called for faster reforms and uprooting corruption.

During Sunday's sit-in, the journalists and activists called for forming a legal committee to hold those behind the assault accountable.

The Jordan Press Association's council will file lawsuits against those involved in the assault, Momani said.

Abdullah Abu Rumman, state minister for media affairs and communications, expressed regret on Friday over the incident during which 17 policemen were injured, including two who were stabbed as they were trying to end clashes between the pro and anti-government demonstrators.

The incident, which also caused light to medium injuries to a number of journalists, happened accidentally, and the government rejects any attack on them, said Abu Rumman.

Source: Xinhua
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