Jordan journalist arrested in UAE

Tayseer Al Najjar.
Tayseer Al Najjar.

Tayseer Al Najjar.

A Jordanian journalist has been detained for nearly two months in the UAE without access to his family or a lawyer, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

The watchdog said Tayseer Al-Najjar, 42, was arrested late last year in Abu Dhabi while attempting to board a flight home, and has not been heard from since he appeared in court on Dec. 13.

Najjar’s wife said he had been a journalist for 15 years and recently took the position of culture reporter for a new UAE-based weekly newspaper, Al-Dar.

Jordanian media have reported that Najjar is in detention but has not been harmed.

HRW nevertheless declared itself “extremely concerned about his physical and mental well being.”

“We don’t know why Najjar is missing but we know that he was last seen in police headquarters …”


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