Not only has AmmanNet – now called Radio Al Balad – been banned from broadcasting the Lower House sessions after MP’s filed a lawsuit against it, but now the regulator, the Audio Visual Commission, has also filed a lawsuit against the station!
â€œWe filed a lawsuit against Radio Al Balad almost two weeks ago, after a presenter working at the station read a comment insulting the Lower House on air. This is a stark violation of the law and it is unacceptable,â€ Commission Director General Husain Bani Hani told The Jordan Times on Wednesday. [source]
Wow. I mean the AVC has really been delivering some knock out blows to the media sector in Jordan these past few months. Not only did it act as JTV’s lawyer last August by banning the launch of ATV, but now the new law firm has taken the Lower House as its latest client. Talk about conflict of interest.
I used to think that between the mukhabarat and the media department at the Royal Court, that the whole big brother role was covered in Jordan. Apparently, the AVC has become the personification of that Orwellian theme:
…â€œWe have a unit recording everything aired in the Kingdom around-the-clock. The insult was indeed read on the air and we have the recording,â€ Bani Hani stressed.
How this story continues to develop is pretty interesting. I have a feeling that the AVC lawsuit will end with a huge fine or a canceling of the Radio Al-Balad’s broadcasting license and that the MP’s lawsuit will somehow find its way to the State Security Court where the so-called “insult” will be given a “harming the dignity of the state” context, resulting in arrests. But that’s the worst case scenario.
The thing is: worst case scenarios have a way of becoming the most likely scenarios in Jordan.