Jordan rejects Netherlands ambassador 'interference' after criticism of 'media freedoms'
The Netherlands' ambassador, Harry Verweij, reportedly commented on the licensing of a local radio station run by a non-Jordanian and non-Dutch citizen, during a meeting with Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul.
No further details were given by the foreign ministry, which in a statement called Verweij's actions "incomprehensible".
"Jordan is always open to frank dialogue that approaches all issues with all partners and friendly countries through diplomatic channels and direct contact, in accordance with diplomatic norms, but it does not accept interference in its internal affairs," the statement said.
In a tweet earlier this week, Verweij said he had discussed with Shboul his country's "concerns on Jordan’s declining international ranking on freedom of speech".
Pleasure meeting HE Min of Media AlShubol. An opp. to discuss issues of common concern, incl the media scene in Jordan. Stressed our strong bilateral relationship, & I shared our concerns on Jordan’s declining international ranking on freedom of speech. 🇳🇱ready for cooperation. pic.twitter.com/FOM61zDG7R— Harry Verweij NLAmbJordan (@HarryVerweij) October 18, 2022
Jordan ranks 120 out of 180 nations in press freedom, according to the 2022 World Press Freedom Index.
Last year, Freedom House downgraded Jordan to "not free" from its previous status of "partially free".