AMMAN, Jordan – Al-Jazeera’s bureau chief in the Jordanian capital Amman says he and his staff have been threatened with death and have asked for police protection.
Yasser Abu Hilala says the threats surfaced on Facebook, radio stations and a private Jordanian TV channel in the past two weeks and were meant to incite violence against him and his team. He declined to provide further details.
The New York-based advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Jordanian authorities to investigate the threats.
Jordanian police spokesman Mohammad al-Khateeb said on Wednesday authorities are ready to investigate but they have not received official complaints from the Arabic-satellite channel.
He says police have nevertheless stationed cars outside al-Jazeera’s offices.