Support to Media in Jordan

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Media freedom is everyone’s freedom. Media independence is everyone’s independence. Professional journalism makes a difference

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

The Support to Media in Jordan project aims to help Jordan’s efforts in advancing the Jordanian media to further increase its freedom, independence and professionalism. The three years project (2014 – 2017) is generously funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNESCO Amman office in close collaboration with the Ministry of State for Media Affairs and the media community in Jordan.

The project has two distinct phases where the first months are focusing on research and analysis of the contemporary media landscape in Jordan on the basis of the UNESCO Media Development Indicators (MDI) and on reviewing the implementation of the media strategy action plan from 2011.

Based on the findings of the first phase, the second stage of the project is currently:

  • Supporting the capacity of local and community radios;
  • Strengthening journalism education and training institutions;
  • Enriching media and information literacy at the elementary and university levels;
  • Supporting an enabling legal environment, including alignment of the Audio-Visual Law (AVL), Press and Publication Law (PPL), and Access to Information Law (ATI) with international standards as well as the broadcast licensing system;
  • Facilitating training on the ATI for public servants;
  • Organizing an international study tour for capacity building in self regulation.
 

“Al Dhlayl is a big region [in Jordan] and it is not covered by the media. The people here need a voice that speaks for them and their needs,”

–Najwa Suleiman, director of Attaya Charity Association establishing the first community radios in Zarqa governorate. 

Timeline

2014 2017

70% Complete (success)

 

 THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Support to Media in Jordan contributes to SDG 16:

· Providing a free, independent and professional media environment;

· Democracy and sustainable development.

 

Funding

This project is funded by the European Union's Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

Additional links

STORIES

Community radio initiatives

Pilot training on Access to Information Law

 

RELATED LINKS

Project website

UNESCO Amman Office website