Jordan

With self-regulation and transparency in the media market in Jordan still in its early stages, the impact of either established or innovative media accountability instruments has to be examined with caution and in proper context. The profession of journalism has been undergoing significant shifts over the past two decades, in response not only to changes in the nature of the political and economic structures of the country, but also to factors created by the global rise of mass media technology. This report argues that, overall, the process of the development of media accountability instruments has been more of a demand by the regime than by the journalists themselves, and the effort is geared to serve the regime’s purposes, thus limiting the instruments’ efficacy and potential.

For more details see George Hawatmeh / Judith Pies (2011): Jordan: Media Accountability under the Patronage of the Regime. In: Tobias Eberwein / Susanne Fengler / Epp Lauk / Tanja Leppik-Bork (eds.): Mapping Media Accountability – in Europe and Beyond. Cologne: Herbert von Halem Verlag, pp. 101-113.

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