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Jordan blocks access to LGBTQ online magazine

Tuesday , 15 August 2017

The Jordanian Audiovisual Commission, a government regulator, on July 31, 2017, ordered access to the website, which describes itself as "LGTBQIA-inclusive," blocked because it had not applied to the minister of information for a license in accordance with Jordan's Press and Publication Law. The site's founder, Khalid Abdel-Hadi, told CPJ that Jordanian internet users have in fact been unable to access the website since July 14, 2016, following the publication four days prior of an interview Abdel-Hadi gave to the independent media platform Raseef22 headlined, "How do homosexuals live in Jordan?" My.Kali has since published on the online platform, which is not blocked in Jordan, Abdel-Hadi said. Outside of Jordan, the magazine's original address,, redirects to the magazine's page on

The order followed a complaint from Member of Parliament Dima Tahboub, the spokesperson of the Jordanian Islamic Action Front (IAF), according to news reports, Tahboub's Twitter account, and My.Kali. In a July 19 appearance on the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Tahboub said homosexuals were not welcome in Jordan when asked about her support for banning a concert in Jordan by the Lebanese band Mashrou Leila, whose songs contain lyrics about gender and homosexual relationships. Soon after the interview, Tahboub posted a picture of two men getting married and made mocking remarks about gay marriage on Twitter. My.Kali replied on Twitter by posting a picture of a Western women's rights activist and asking the MP whether she believed the picture represented the struggle for women's rights in Jordan.

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