MovieScript Jordan:“The Jordanian Press and Publications Law and its Implication”
by Priscilla Castro, Yasmine Ayoud, Zulaikha Afzali, Doaa Nasser, Ethar Al-Azem, September 2017
Therearerestrictions to registerat theJPA.First,you havebeapracticingjournalistandwork full time at a broadcast or printnewsoutlet. Also,youcan’t workfor anyforeignmedia, but to alocal one. TheJordan Media Monitor saysthat onlyaround1,000 journalistsareregistered in thewholecountry.
Some journalistsfeellimited to exercisetheir professionandare excluded frommanyimportant events.ThejournalistDanaJibreelsays she misses manycoveragesbecause she could not registerat theassociation.
Media professionals face a series of challenges in Jordan. One of them is the Jordan Press and Publications Law, which bind the journalist to the obligation to register at the Jordan press association, in order to be recognized as a journalist.
Interview with Dr. Sakher Khasawneh, lawyer in the area
InAugust 2012, the Jordanianparliamentpassedan amendment to the law, requiringallwebsites publishingnews material toregisterwith thegovernmentand to appointeditors-in-chiefthat aremembers oftheJPA. The obligation to registerbringsalsootherissues to thosewhofailat followingthe law.The mediaexpert,BasimTweissi,explains how thelaw affects themediainthe country.
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