The King of Jordan is Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein. He took the throne in February 1999 following the death of his father Hussein bin Talal. The crown prince was Abdullah’s younger brother Prince Hamzah bin Hussein until 2004 when Abdullah named his own son as the crown prince. Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has over the years grown in popularity and is seen favorably by many in Jordan. Tensions grew recently between Prince Hamzah and King Abdullah leading to Hamzah being placed under house arrest. Now Jordan has ordered a ban on media coverage about the royal rift. Deutsche Welle had this information:
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.
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