The Case of Khaled Mahadin

An article on the case against Khaled Mahadin, a Jordanian journalist and columnist who criticised parliament’s perks and privileges: 

A recent case brought by the lower house of parliament against a Jordanian journalist and columnist who criticised parliament’s perks and privileges has sparked a debate in Jordan about parliament’s role as a watchdog over government performance. 

Whether Mr Mahadin’s criticism, directed in particular towards a parliamentary bloc headed by the president of the lower house, Abdul Hadi Majali, was the result of past disagreements between the two, as some analysts have suggested, or MPs in general, the case has underscored public dissatisfaction with parliament. Parliament’s approval ratings have plummeted in recent years. 

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