(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology on Monday voiced readiness to block pornographic websites in the Kingdom.
"We support campaigns to block these sites in Jordan," a source at the ministry, who preferred anonymity, told The Jordan Times.
The source said the ministry will consult with Internet service providers (ISP) in Jordan on how to filter these sites and block them, but noted that implementing the nationwide project requires "millions of dinars" that are currently unavailable.
"At this stage, there are no financial allocations for a project to block these sites," the source added.
"The ministry will soon launch a campaign to raise public awareness on the dangers of accessing such sites," the source said, adding that a committee will be formed to look into the issue.
A Facebook campaign that was launched in February seeking to block pornographic websites in the Kingdom had drawn 29,459 supporters by Monday.
The initiative seeks to "bring an end to sexual crimes such as incest, rape and adultery," the organisers said on the campaign's Facebook page.
Citing the Internet metrics company Alexa, they said between 77 per cent and 80 per cent of Internet users in Jordan access pornographic sites.
The campaign urges Jordanians to send e-mails to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to demand that pornographic sites be blocked.