Jordanian police beat nine journalists covering demo

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At least 10 people, mostly journalists, were injured on Friday when police tried to stop clashes between pro-reform demonstrators and govt supporters in central Amman. Police used batons to disperse the clashes outside city hall, beating and injuring nine journalists who were wearing orange vests marked “press,” an AFP reporter at the scene witnessed. The wounded included an AFP photographer and a female Islamist activist. “We were beaten by police, although we were wearing special press vests,” said the photographer. “We thought we would be safe when we stood next to the police and away from the clashes.” A photographer who works for another international news agency said he was ordered by police not to take pictures, while New York Times reporter Fahim Karim was beaten by 10 policemen.