PolicyAnalysis:
Prepared by: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
International Media Development Group (IMDG)
 This presentation will outline the major findings
and points made in the Summer 2013
International Media Development Gro...
 Constitution
 Penal Code
 Press and Publications Law
 Jordanian Press Association
 Journalists Codes of Ethics
 Int...
 Established in 1998 and amended in 2007 and
2012
 Guides government regulation (content and
licensing) policy of print,...
 Limits press freedom
 UsesVague Language
 Lack of commitment to international law
 Organizations must register with government or be subject to
shut down (carries financial burden).
 Owners/chief editor...
 PPL does not clearly define who is considered
chief editor or even a journalist
 The definition of electronic media is ...
 The Kingdom of Jordan is a signatory on many
international treaties and conventions that
guarantee the right of expressi...
 For Jordanian news organizations
 For the Kingdom of Jordan
 IMDG Commitments
 1. Develop alternative plans should news
organization/website be shutdown
 Develop plans to use proxy servers to contin...
 1. Repeal 2012 amendments of PPL
 2. Unblock websites
 3. Lift licensing requirements
 4. Lift membership requirement...
 1. IMDG is committed to the support Jordanian
News Organizations
 Financially
 Advisement
 2. IMDG will continue to p...
 Constitution (1952). The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. [ElectronicVersion]. Retrieved May
 25, 2013, from http://www.kin...
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  1. 1. PolicyAnalysis: Prepared by: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath International Media Development Group (IMDG)
  2. 2.  This presentation will outline the major findings and points made in the Summer 2013 International Media Development Group's report on the Kingdom of Jordan's Press and Publications Law. The full report can be found at https://jordanianculturalpolicy.wordpress.com/r eport-summer-2013/
  3. 3.  Constitution  Penal Code  Press and Publications Law  Jordanian Press Association  Journalists Codes of Ethics  InternationalTreating
  4. 4.  Established in 1998 and amended in 2007 and 2012  Guides government regulation (content and licensing) policy of print, broadcast and electronic media  Subjected to much debate and received harsh criticism from news organizations, international NGOs and foreign governments
  5. 5.  Limits press freedom  UsesVague Language  Lack of commitment to international law
  6. 6.  Organizations must register with government or be subject to shut down (carries financial burden).  Owners/chief editors must be a member of the Jordanian Press Association (only accepts print journalists, doesn't approve all journalists).  Owners must be Jordanian  Owners/chief editors of websites are responsible for all content on website (including viewer comments)—unrealistic expectation for electronic media  Journalists/editors/owners subject to laws limiting freedom of expression (i.e. no one in Jordan can say anything negative about the King or government.This includes the comments on websites).
  7. 7.  PPL does not clearly define who is considered chief editor or even a journalist  The definition of electronic media is also unclear  "an electronic site on the internet with a fixed address that offers publication services"  Who is subject to this law?
  8. 8.  The Kingdom of Jordan is a signatory on many international treaties and conventions that guarantee the right of expression including (but not limited to),  Universal Declaration of Human Rights  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights  Arab Charter on Human Rights  Jordan's PPL law violates such treaties by denying the freedom of expressing and opinion
  9. 9.  For Jordanian news organizations  For the Kingdom of Jordan  IMDG Commitments
  10. 10.  1. Develop alternative plans should news organization/website be shutdown  Develop plans to use proxy servers to continue to public content  Utilize social media sites  2. Register news organization (only if organization has the means and lacks the ideological differences to do so)  3. Pressure Jordanian government to reform press regulation policy  4. Continue with demonstrations against current policy
  11. 11.  1. Repeal 2012 amendments of PPL  2. Unblock websites  3. Lift licensing requirements  4. Lift membership requirements  5. Repeal laws placing limits on freedom of expression  6. Continue to examine media policy and work to ensure media freedom
  12. 12.  1. IMDG is committed to the support Jordanian News Organizations  Financially  Advisement  2. IMDG will continue to put pressure on the Jordanian government to reform media laws  3. IMDG is committed to the current IMDG media development and sustainability projects in Jordan.
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