House opens extraordinary session.Amman, Aug 26 (Petra) -- Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh said he would ask His Majesty
He was addressing lawmakers on Sunday at the start of the second extraordinary session chaired by Lower House Speaker Abdul Karim Dughmi and attended by cabinet ministers.
After reading the royal directive to summon parliament into a second extraordinary session, the House referred legislation on the agenda to its specialized committees.
But the debate was dominated by on the controversial draft press and publications law with some lawmakers calling for its rejection and branding it as "a martial law martial law, temporary government and control by military authorities of a territory or state, when war or overwhelming public disturbance makes the civil authorities of the region unable to enforce its law. measure that curtails press freedom." But other MPs argued the bill would streamline the media profession and protect the citizen from news websites' "bullying" of society and state institutions.
Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Samih Maytah pledged that the government would uphold press freedoms as a key tenet of an effective national media.
He said the amendment to the law is part of the government's responsibility toward a professional, institutionalized in·sti·tu·tion·al·ize
tr.v. in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, in·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
a. To make into, treat as, or give the character of an institution to.
b. media and was meant to protect the profession from "some of the breaches that many in the media or political quarters or society in general complain about.
//Petra//SS 26/8/2012 - 07:49:32 PM
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