In July 2017, a member of the Jordan parliament, Dima Tahboub, requested that the Jordanian Media Commission open an inquiry into the online magazine, My.Kali. The queer-inclusive magazine was first published in 2007 and has been an important medium for fighting systemic homophobia in the Middle East. The most recent inquest concluded that My.Kali was indeed in violation of the Press and Publication law, which holds that media outlets must obtain a license from the Commission in order to operate. As My.Kali has been censored in Jordan since July 2016, the Commission’s most recent instructions to block access to the website have no new practical implications for readers. However the ministerial response to Tahboub’s inquiry have incited mass intolerance towards the already marginalized LGBT community in Jordan.
September 3 / Organization for World Peace