Jordan amends, widens its anti-terrorism laws

CAIRO - Jordan amended its anti-terrorism laws Sunday to criminalize disrupting its foreign affairs and spreading the ideas of terror groups, a move criticized by activists as vague and limiting free speech in the kingdom.


Information Minister Mohammad Al-Momani said that the amendments were published in the government gazette Sunday after King Abdullah II
signed them into law. The country's House of Representatives and Senate earlier approved the amendments.


The new amendments further widen the law. Under it, those who disturb the country's relations with foreign states could be prosecuted as terrorists. Networks that spread the ideas or support groups committing acts of terrorism also could be charged as well. (AP)