Politics

06
Apr
10:42 UTC

Jordan Tactical (UPDATE) (REVISED): Authorities on April 6 issue ban on publication of information relating to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein; refrain from circulating any material

Please be advised:

  • According to Jordan’s official news agency, on April 6, Amman’s Attorney General issued a ban on the publication and dissemination of any information relating to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein.  
  • The measure is in place until further notice. It also pertains to the circulation of pictures, videos, and audios, including on social media platforms.
  • Any such action will be prosecuted as a criminal offense under penal law.
  • The ban comes amid significant domestic and international attention surrounding Prince Hamzah’s release of a video whereby he alleged that he was placed under house arrest on April 3, and expressed significant criticism towards Jordan’s governing institutions. 

Assessments & Forecast:

  1. The statement by the Attorney General follows the April 3 video release as well as subsequent dissemination on social media of an audio recording by Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, in which he reportedly vowed to disobey orders to stay at home during a conversation with the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Chief of Staff. This, as well as the public criticism towards Jordan’s leadership that Prince Hamzah expressed on April 3, triggered extensive coverage by domestic and international news agencies and has likely triggered concerns within the Jordanian royal family that the development may hinder the reputation of the monarchy. While Hamzah on April 5 pledged loyalty to King Abdullah II in a statement published by the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC), the Attorney General’s current ban is indicative of the authorities’ concern with regards to the further circulation of materials related to Prince Hamzah, as it may diminish the reputation of the monarchy and destabilize the kingdom.
  2. FORECAST: Against this background, authorities can be expected to bolster monitoring efforts against such activities, particularly tight surveillance of online platforms, including social media. Individuals found to be violating the current ban are liable to face prosecution under penal law.    

Recommendations:

  1. Those operating or residing in Jordan on April 6 and over the coming weeks are advised to keep a low profile and refrain from publishing or circulating any material pertaining to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. Any violation of the current ban may lead to detention or prosecution. 
  2. As a general precaution, avoid any overt or critical statements of government, religious, or political institutions both in public spaces and online, including on social media.
  3. Those planning to travel to Jordan are advised to be mindful of any social media posts they may have published prior to their travel that may be viewed by Jordanian authorities as a violation of the current ban.
COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Nationwide; Jordan
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed

Please be advised:

  • According to Jordan’s official news agency, on April 6, Amman’s Attorney General issued a ban on the publication and dissemination of any information relating to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein.  
  • The measure is in place until further notice. It also pertains to the circulation of pictures, videos, and audios, including on social media platforms.
  • Any such action will be prosecuted as a criminal offense under penal law.
  • The ban comes amid significant domestic and international attention surrounding Prince Hamzah’s release of a video whereby he alleged that he was placed under house arrest on April 3, and expressed significant criticism towards Jordan’s governing institutions. 

Assessments & Forecast:

  1. The statement by the Attorney General follows the April 3 video release as well as subsequent dissemination on social media of an audio recording by Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, in which he reportedly vowed to disobey orders to stay at home during a conversation with the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) Chief of Staff. This, as well as the public criticism towards Jordan’s leadership that Prince Hamzah expressed on April 3, triggered extensive coverage by domestic and international news agencies and has likely triggered concerns within the Jordanian royal family that the development may hinder the reputation of the monarchy. While Hamzah on April 5 pledged loyalty to King Abdullah II in a statement published by the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC), the Attorney General’s current ban is indicative of the authorities’ concern with regards to the further circulation of materials related to Prince Hamzah, as it may diminish the reputation of the monarchy and destabilize the kingdom.
  2. FORECAST: Against this background, authorities can be expected to bolster monitoring efforts against such activities, particularly tight surveillance of online platforms, including social media. Individuals found to be violating the current ban are liable to face prosecution under penal law.    

Recommendations:

  1. Those operating or residing in Jordan on April 6 and over the coming weeks are advised to keep a low profile and refrain from publishing or circulating any material pertaining to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. Any violation of the current ban may lead to detention or prosecution. 
  2. As a general precaution, avoid any overt or critical statements of government, religious, or political institutions both in public spaces and online, including on social media.
  3. Those planning to travel to Jordan are advised to be mindful of any social media posts they may have published prior to their travel that may be viewed by Jordanian authorities as a violation of the current ban.
COUNTRY RISK LEVEL Medium
AFFECTED AREA Nationwide; Jordan
INCIDENT RISK LEVEL Medium
STRENGTH OF SOURCE Confirmed