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Royal Court Slams AFP on 'National Figures' statement reporting

[2/11/2011 12:00:00 AM]

AMMAN-- On 6th and 9th of February 2011, Agence France Presse (AFP) Jordan’s Bureau published articles making very serious and totally untrue allegations against Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Her Majesty's family, the Yasin family.

These articles were mainly based on a statement made by 36 Jordanian individuals whom the AFP Bureau Chief Ms. Randa Habib wrongly described as "tribal leaders", and whom she inferred represented the tribal population of Jordan. Had Ms. Habib undertaken any investigation, she would have found that the 36 individuals are not leaders of the tribes to which they belong, and that they do not represent the tens of thousands of people from these proud Jordanian tribes; tribes that have always been dedicated to the well being of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Her latest "report", "Jordan Tribes Break Taboo by Targeting Queen", contains serious allegations against Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and the Yasin family, in which there is no truth whatsoever. Amongst several other false allegations, the "report" claims that land and farms belonging to the Jordanian people were given to the Yasin family. Land register in Jordan is public record, and yet Ms. Habib failed to investigate the allegation.

Ms. Habib also quoted rumours that Her Majesty’s office has helped over 78,000 Palestinians obtain Jordanian nationalities without verifying them. This is a false accusation. These rumours should have been checked with the Ministry of Interior, whose official records would have proven that they are totally baseless.

Earlier today, the Royal Hashemite Court sent, via Jordan’s Ambassador to France, a letter to the Chairman and CEO of Agence France Press in Paris, France. The letter condemns, in the strongest possible terms the completely erroneous and defamatory statements about Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan. In particular, the Royal Hashemite Court objects to the basis of the stories which are not rooted in facts, but rather rely on hearsay, gossip, and unsubstantiated claims and also to the failure of Ms. Randa Habib to investigate the allegations quoted in her report.

The Royal Hashemite Court informed AFP that it reserves the right to pursue legal action against AFP and Ms. Randa Habib. (Petra)

  • 1 2/10/2011 11:56:00 PM

    You give rumors credit when u take the effort to reply

  • 2 2/11/2011 12:02:53 AM

    very nice

  • 3 Legally Blond 2/11/2011 1:39:23 AM

    The Court has the right and duty to deny the AFP story, especially if the story is untrue. And the court has the right to pursue legal action against AFP and its reporter in Jordan! But the Court has no right to belittle the 36 Jordanian personalities by stating that "the 36 Jordanian INDIVIDUALS are not leaders......and they do not represent...." How do you know?? If what the 36 "individuals" said was basless, the Court should pursue legal action against them too, and make them pay for their "defamation" campaign, but, again, the court has no right to belittle JORDANIANS! We live in the second decade of the 21st century. Yet Arabs in position of power seem to be living in the second decade of the 20th century! They cann't get it that the people get offended when their leaders "look down" on them. The PEOPLE cann't take it anymore. Wake up!

  • 4 Mohammad Jaser 2/11/2011 6:22:27 AM

    Can you imagine the response had this piece been done by an Arab news outlet?Diplomatic relations would have veen severed and ambassadors recalled to say the least.The paid for jobs news papers would be out in arms with government mouths up cursing and shouting.Shame on you.Wait your turn has not come yet.

  • 5 jordanian4ever 2/11/2011 7:08:49 AM

    The issue was not that these people had the right to speak thier mind, its the way it was represented by the press. This is a quote from the Washington post: " However, 36 tribes have issued a public statement accusing Queen Rania, King Abdullah II's wife, of "corruption." The tribes make up about 40 percent of the population and wield considerable political sway." 36 TRIBES DID NOT ISSUE STATEMENTS. If you read the article in AFP, they kept referring to signers as " The 36 tribal leaders". I read the decleration (in Arabic) which had the signers names and I don't recognize any of them as tribal leader in fact I never even heard of them before. When you make it sound like those people represent 40% of the population and are calling for a "revolution" then you bet the government is going take issue with it. The press has a duty to report the facts without a "spin" in order to attract more readers or serve certain entities. As far the people signing the letter, I hardly think they are victims of oppression or have been marginalized, in fact thier tribes are the biggest beneficiaries of counties economic policies, evident by the mansions on the side of the Airport and Madaba/Amman roads.

  • 6 monarchist 2/11/2011 11:44:31 AM

    To legally blond, have you checked the 36-list- are they really tribal leaders? they are members of the tribes- do they tribes support the statement? can they substantiate their allegations? our leaders have never looked down at us- there is no single political prisoner in jordan- Jordan leaders have never executed anyone- even those who led coups- you wake up and smell the coffee- Jordan, all of jordan- is behind the Hashemites

  • 7 human 2/11/2011 1:09:40 PM

    Land register in Jordan is NO LONGER public record... interesting

  • 8 S.Q 2/11/2011 2:12:45 PM

    irrationality is dominant...!

  • 9 2/11/2011 3:07:17 PM

    ..... Who paid all of that. The taxpayer or the government trust fund.

  • 10 Napo 2/11/2011 3:36:32 PM

    It seems all arab regimes are living in the past and on borrowed time. It would have been better for the Queens staff to have replied that the Queen is proud of her Palestinian roots and The King encourages all efforts to facilitate better living standards for all Arabs; Palestinians included, and this is the proud tradition of Jordan; cityfolk and Tribal, without ever surrendering the right to return so the Palestinians can return to their honourable lands that are currently occupied.Of course such a position would necessitate a backbone which all arab regimes seem to have lost.

  • 11 Iconoclast 2/11/2011 6:44:32 PM

    To ......Ha ha ha ha. Are you JOKING?! Our... don't look down on the people? Open your eyes and just around you. Just look at their wealth compared to that of the people. Just look at their influence, their arrogant behaviour, their false sense of superiority. For example, how many of our people have died in ambulances while the streets of Amman are closed for their ....? You think this gets reported? Wake up and have some shame.

  • 12 LK 2/12/2011 10:44:40 AM

    I don't want to get into the details of whether or not Randa Habib's article is true. What I do want to say is that the above piece of article, which I'm assuming is written by Ammon is the worst piece of journalism I've seen in the longest time. Responsible and professional journalism should be unbiased and as factual as possible. If Randa Habib's article contains inaccuracies, a professional media would respond in an unbiased manner, disproving Randa's article point by point with facts and credible sources. The above article is no better than the alleged inaccuracies in Randa's article. To me it just seems like an emotional outburst that does very little in defending Her Majesty. A good defense is one that proves Randa wrong. Rather than telling Randa where to go to verify her info, Ammon should've done it for her and put an end to what is now becoming national gossip. Ammon, try again . . . ..EDITOR: This is the original statement issued by the Royal Hashemite Court, and not written by Ammon News

  • 13 anonymous 2/12/2011 11:04:11 AM

    of course ... with ... blessing. it's time for those... to go...

  • 14 My 40th Birthday Party 2/12/2011 11:06:48 AM

    All is invited to Wadi Rum.. lighting up mountains w....!

  • 15 2/12/2011 11:50:08 AM

    I am so proud of Randa Habib, the .... in Jordan. I don't recall ... having a net worth of JD300 million when he was living in ..t. Please dont tell me that he made this money by being a genuine businessman, lets not be in denial. This money belongs to the Jordanian tax payers.

  • 16 Jordan 2/12/2011 1:37:52 PM

    The issue is not this article is true or not. The issue is its 2011 and .... of a country that has no future but downhill. Ten years on the job and the only lives got better are.... and all the criminals that support them and leach from the poor miserable people of Jordan. Its day time robbery gone wild, Facts all out to see. Can’t hide things anymore, attacking the media for reporting the facts, not going to work anymore…..

  • 17 Actually not Blond 2/14/2011 5:20:37 AM

    To: #6 the anarchist, He prefers ...r and not coffee!

  • 18 Jordanian Liberal 2/14/2011 6:46:01 AM

    I recommended the ..... to stop traveling other countries and start focus on the development in jordan, Because they are wasting our money just to travel from here to Japan, Europe or USA only to discuss about this ridiculous Israeli-palestinan problem. Seriously, do you know that the ... and especially the ... of Jordan have travel more than 20 countries last year and we gain no benefit. Tell me, Did we gain foreign investment? was the it successful? Have we gain something? NO, the Answer is NO. Dont get me wrong, I love the King and The Queen but were not stupid, we know whats going on.

  • 19 Curious Jordanian 2/14/2011 8:11:01 AM

    The people have right to get angry. I mean come on, The price of electricity, water and food are so expensive thanks to the Palestinian and Iraqi refugee and that ... government we have. I recommended we should kick all the ... out so that we will save money. The AFP do not lie, I read the news always even fashion magazine and I always heard that ..... is in Paris Shopping, Europe or even in USA to attend a useless forum as well meeting with ... in OUR EXPENSES.. Thats our money, I love King Abdullah and Queen Rania, they both have Vision for Jordan But I mean come on, they are ... perfect. I am curious how much is Queen Rania.... We have right to know.

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