Amman, 27 February 2017 – A roundtable discussion on media self-regulation was organised today for senior members of the Jordanian media, government and civil society. The roundtable took place under the framework of the EU funded and UNESCO Amman Office implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” Project, as part of the project component on self-regulation that is implemented by Fojo Media Institute.
The discussion is a follow-up to the media self-regulation study tour that took place from 4-14 December 2016, when a Jordanian delegation of media, government and civil society professionals visited Sweden, Denmark, and the UK and met with self-regulatory bodies, leading media organisations, public service broadcasters, journalists’ unions and government officials and media experts.
The roundtable discussion is meant to bring the same group together in Jordan to reflect on the lessons learned during the study tour and to discuss a way forward for self-regulation in Jordan. During the first session of the roundtable, Ms. Soukeina Abdessamad, a member of the Executive Board in the Tunisian Union of Journalists, gave a presentation on the Tunisian experience in media self-regulation. During the second session, the discussion focused on the role of the reader’s editor (or public editor) as an internal ombudsperson responsible for ensuring journalist ethics. Mr. Bjarne Schilling, Reader’s Editor at Politiken in Denmark gave a short presentation on his work and the participants discussed possibilities of incorporating this role at their media institutions.
This project component is coordinated by UNESCO partner Fojo Media Institute, a leading Swedish-based organization internationally known for its engagement in capacity building for media self-regulation.
“UNESCO is pleased to continue the dialogue with the delegation members after the study tour experience. The interest generated during the study tour, particularly in regard to establishing reader’s editors, is very encouraging,” said Ms Costanza Farina, Representative of UNESCO to Jordan.
“We sincerely hope that the discussions that take place today will contribute to advancing the issue of media self-regulation or co-regulation in Jordan,” she added.
The “Support to Media in Jordan” is a comprehensive three-year project aimed at supporting Jordan’s efforts in promoting Jordanian media to further increase its freedom, independence and professionalism. The three year 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.