irancartoon joins the solidarity efforts and demands the release of the cartoonist from his network.
The Jordanian cartoonist, Emad Hajjaj, was arrested by the Jordanian authorities after the publication of a cartoon related to the signing of the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, published by Al Araby and subsequently posted on the artist’s website and social networks. The publication on social networks has since disappeared.
According to Nidal Mansour (screenshot below), head of the Jordanian Center for the Protection and Freedom of Journalists, the cartoonist was arrested for obstructing the Jordanian Information Systems and Cybercrime Law of 2015. An arrest that Emad Hajjaj’s brother, Osama, a cartoonist himself, confirmed. The publications of online newspapers or those of citizen journalists on social networks are punishable by prison sentences and lead to pre-trial detention in case of prosecution under this law. The cartoonist was taken to a court 2 days ago to be heard.
Imad Hajjaj in front of the Palace of Justice Thursday morning (The New Arab)