The Support to Media in Jordan project is part of a broader EU initiative to support civil society and media in Jordan.
Its primary objective is to strengthen an enabling regulatory and institutional environment and to build the capacity for an independent, quality based media sector in Jordan serving the entire population. With this, the project supports Jordan in its efforts to strengthen Jordanian democracy and the possibility for men, women and youth to express themselves and access credible information.
The programme is based on a holistic, two-phase approach. Activities of phase one (August 2014 – July 2015) include a thorough analysis of the Jordanian media landscape on the basis of the UNESCO Media Development Indicators (MDI) framework and a review of the implementation of the media strategy action plan. The review of the action plan is taking place through a comprehensive and consultative stakeholder process with the media sector and relevant government representatives, taking into account the preliminary findings of the MDI analysis.
Phase two (started in August 2015) addresses capacity and institutional building of the media sector on the basis of phase one of the project. The second phase of the project is currently:
- Strengthen journalism education institutions;
- Enriching media and information literacy at the basic and university levels;
- Support the capacity of local and community media;
- Supporting an enabling legal environment, including alignment of the Audio-Visual Law (AVL), Press and Publications Law (PPL), and Access to Information Law with international standards as well as the broadcast licencing system;
- Facilitating training on the ATI Law for public servants;
- Supporting capacity building in media self regulation.