Jordan Arrests T.V. Executives For Airing Segment on Unemployment During Coronavirus

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The Jordanian military arrested the owner and news director of a television network after the channel aired a news segment on unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic, which showed workers complaining about the government-issued lockdown.

The network, Roya TV, featured in a Wednesday segment desperate Jordanians objecting to the government’s stay-at-home orders, Al Jazeera reported.

Fares Sayegh, Roya’s general manager and owner of the television station, and Mohamad al-Khalidi, the station’s news director and political talk show host, were then arrested, according to a statement issued Friday morning.

Under King Abdullah II’s approval, Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz imposed curfews and closed businesses during the pandemic, which severely affected Jordanian workers,
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