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Jordanian journalist's trial adjourned to February 15 ,2017

The hearing of Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al Najjar , who faces charges relating  to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression , was postponed until 15 February.

Al Najjar had appeared in court on February 1, but the session was adjourned to February 15, and the adjournment of the trial was requested by the defence lawyer.

On December 3, 2015, UAE authorities at Abu Dhabi airport prevented Najjar from boarding a flight to Jordan to visit his wife and children, without informing him of the charges.

After blocking him from travelling, the UAE authorities summoned al-Najjar to a police station in Abu Dhabi on December 13, 2015, and detained him there.

Since then, he was put on trial for three Facebook posts in which he criticized Egypt, Israel, and gulf countries, the last of which was published on his arrest day.

Al-Najjar’s detention and potential prosecution for the exercise of free speech is a violation of fundamental human rights.

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