Update, January 4, 2021
The Criminal Magistrate’s Court of Amman (Jordan) decides to cease the prosecution of cartoonist Emad Hajjaj.
Cartooning for Peace welcomes the court’s decision, taken at a hearing on 23 December 2020, to drop charges against the cartoonist for “contempt of a president of a foreign country against the provisions of 122/1 of the Penal Code” following the publication of the opposite cartoon .
The Public Prosecutor’s Office may appeal against this decision within 60 days of the date of issue of the decision (i.e. 23 December 2020).
CFP welcomes the court’s willingness to uphold the principles of freedom of expression enshrined in the Kingdom of Jordan’s Constitution and wishes the cartoonist a speedy resolution of this difficult event. The association reminds us that this welcome news should not make us forget that, at the beginning of this year, many cartoonists around the world are still subject to threats, prosecutions or prison sentences for cartoons they made.