30 August 2020: Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj was released after he was arrested and taken to a police station on 26 August for his satirical cartoon, reported Hyperallergic.
According to the Middle East Eye, the artist has been charged with “undermining relations with a friendly country” and will face trial for “slander and libel”.
Human Rights Watch reports that the charges refer to the cartoon satirising reports about the Israeli government convincing the United States not to sell F-35 combat aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.
In his statement published on Facebook after the release, Hajjaj thanked for the support.
اتقدم بالشكر الجزيل لكل من ساندني في محنتي خلال الايام الماضية واشكر الجميع على عواطفهم الصادقة وموقفهم الكبير ، من…
“My experience was very harsh, as I had never entered a security station until I was imprisoned and charged in a military court, the State Security Court, but this experience will not affect me, in the end I am an artist and the artist makes use of his experiences even if they are harsh,” Hajjaj told SKeyes Media after his release.
Hajjaj is a prominent Jordanian cartoonist who is, according to his Facebook page, considered to be “one of the most 100 influential Arabic people, according to Arabian Business Magazine annual list”.