The Jordanian Government is trying to behead prosecute a Dutch cartoonist, and ten Dutch editors, for drawing and publishing a cartoon of the prophet Muhammed. The drawing and publishing took place in Denmark. However, under the 2006 Jordanian Justice Act, Jordan claims the right to prosecute persons who violate Jordanian law outside of Jordan if it affects the people of Jordan by electronic means. The 11 Danes are charged with blasphemy and threatening the national peace.
The Jordanian prosecutor wants the 11 extradited by the Danes, and says that he will turn them over to Interpol if they do not comply with the summons. The Danes of course declined this offer as the offense does not exist in Denmark.
It is so nice of Jordan to handle this pesky free speech problem that some more enlightened countries seem to have by simply declaring global jurisdiction. Asshats. Let me impart some wisdom to Jordan that my mother gave to me, “if you don’t like it, don’t look at it.”
With the constantly rising cost of, well everything, I doubt there is much vacation in the budget this summer. Here is my entry for the free trip to Jordan contest.