Anti-govt protest in Jordan over murder of writer

Agence France-Presse . Amman

Protesters shout slogans and hold portraits of prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar, during a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s offices on Monday. — AFP photo

Protesters called on Monday for Jordan’s government to resign over its failure to prevent the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar outside an Amman court.
‘The people want the fall of the government… No security, they killed Nahed in Amman!’ were among the chants of hundreds of sympathisers and members of the writer’s tribe outside the premier’s office.
The family, charging that authorities were warned of threats to Hattar’s life and had failed to act, have so far refused to collect his body for burial.
Jordan’s judiciary on Monday slapped a media blackout on the murder, a day after he was gunned down on arrival at the court to face charges over an anti-Islam cartoon.
The information ministry said the aim was to preserve ‘the secrecy of the investigation’ and that the blackout applied to both social and traditional media.
Hattar had faced charges over a cartoon he posted on Facebook under the title ‘God of Daesh’ (the Islamic State jihadist group) showing a bearded man in bed smoking with two women lying on either side, and addressing God as a servant.

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