Jordan Orders Ban On Media Coverage Of Royal Rift
Posted by karenl on April 6, 2021, 6:52 pm, in reply to "Re: The Royal Court Announces Prince Hamzah Has Sworn Allegience To The King"
Jordan orders ban on media coverage about royal rift
The kingdom has barred all media from publishing content relating to an alleged plot involving former Crown Prince Hamzah. The order came after the prince pledged loyalty to his half brother King Abullah II.
Jordanian Prince Hamza bin al-Hussein attends media event in Wadi Rum desert
Authorities stopped media in Jordan from publishing information on an alleged plot involving Prince Hamzah
Jordan's public prosecutor banned the publication of any information about tensions between King Abdullah II and former Crown Prince Hamzah, his half brother, state television reported on Tuesday.
The ban only affects media outlets within Jordan.
"In order to keep the security services' investigation into Prince Hamzah and the others secret, (it is decided) to ban the publication of anything related to this inquiry at this stage," prosecutor Hassan al-Abdallat said in a statement.
"The ban on publication involves all audio-visual media and social networks, as well as the publication of all images or video clips relating to this subject on pain of legal action," he added."
It's been reported the King and Queen are holed up under heavy security. I think Prince Hassan was called in as a peacemaker/mediator. King Abdullah has to be careful, if anything happens to Prince Hamzah, who, like his father, is not only popular with the public, but with the ethnic tribes of Jordan, it could plunge Jordan into armed conflict with the King and Queen in real danger.
NPR reported today that the entire region is watching the situation closely, they don't want the tinderbox in Jordan to ignite. The King really is walking on a very thin line. It's a family rift that could spill over into conflict.