The Arab Times newspaper was founded by Osama Fawzi
in Houston, Texas and first published in print form in 1986.
In 1997, Osama Fawzi launched www.arabtimes.com (the "Arab Times Website"), continuing with the website what he had started with the print edition of Arab Times approximately ten years earlier, but with a much larger audience and even wider dissemination.
Since 2007, the Arab Times Website has gone beyond merely reporting the human rights abuses and violations of the freedom of expression prevalent in the Middle East to providing a service familiar to English-speakers in the west but scarcely permitted by Middle Eastern governments: an Arabic-language compatible, non-government, uncensored forum where readers may maintain blogs expressing their opinions.
It is this forum of free expression that is now under attack.
A prominent feature of the Arab Times Website is a web-portal "blog" referred to as "Hyde Park" in which users may register and post articles concerning political news and happenings in the Middle East (or any other subject).
Arab governments show hostility towards Mr. Fawzi
, Arab Times
others who post on the Arab Times Website.
Because Mr. Fawzi
and the Arab Times Website focus on political happenings in the Middle East, the articles on the Arab Times Website-including those of its Hyde Park portal users-usually entail discussions and criticisms of certain Middle Eastern governments, including Jordan , Syria , Bahrain , Kuwait , Libya , Oman , Sudan , UAE , Yemen , and Saudi Arabia.
Jordan has revoked Mr. Fawzi's citizenship and passport and has in the past prosecuted and jailed a prominent female journalist and former Jordanian parliamentarian, Toujan al-Faisal, who posted an article on the Arab Times Website.
Letter from Osama Fawzi to president Bush
Arab times and Wall street Journal