“In Jordan there will be no detention of any journalist for carrying out his/her duty…Detention of journalists is prohibited. I do not see a reason for detaining a journalist because he/she wrote something [or for expressing a view]”
At the same time, the King continued, citizensâ€™ rights are protected and they â€œhave the right to resort to courts of law in case they feel their rights were violated by any media organisationâ€. [source]
Now while these words of support are essential to the process, the process itself is stuck in the mud. There is no doubt that media freedoms in the past three years or so, have regressed. And unless the King just made a royal decree, then we still live in an environment of laws that contribute to the continued jailing of journalists in a variety of ways.
So I’m wondering now, are the King’s words, as direct as they are, indicative of any official measures-to-come that will amend the legislative arena that journalists still fear?
An more importantly, while few journalists in the country ever see the inside of a jail cell, their daily job has become mostly about avoiding one. In other words, I’m wondering what will be done about the larger problem of censorship and self-censorship that is running rampant in this country and creating one of the most impotent media sectors I’ve ever seen. What will be done about the menacing phone calls?
With that in mind.