Communications Ministry seeks to protect freedom of expression — Shboul

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AMMAN — Minister of Government Communications and Spokesperson Faisal Al-Shboul said that his new ministry does not mark the restoration of the Ministry of Information, which was dissolved in 2003, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

The Ministry of Information supervised the activities of the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, the Department of Publication, and the Jordan News Agency, all of which are not the responsibility of the Ministry of Government Communications, Shboul explained.

Instead, the ministry will set general policies under the provision of the constitution to guarantee the freedom of expression.

It will also strengthen the role of the national media by defending Jordan’s interests, adhering to Jordanian values, protecting the diversity of the media, and strengthening its role within the law, in addition to addressing rumors, hate speech, and any violations to the sanctity of private life.

“I think that we are in need of these values in light of the widespread use of social media, and new media,” he said.

Before the Ministry of Information was dissolved, dozens of media outlets existed in Jordan, whereas, currently, there are 250 media outlets in the public and private sectors, according to the minister.

Next year, some 75 media spokespersons for various government institutions will be trained, Shboul explained, stressing the need for a reference body to the spokespersons.

In a separate report carried by Khaberni, Shboul said that his ministry’s building was leased from the Orphan’s Fund in Shmeisani.

The minister noted that dozens of people will be hired to work for the ministry, which will initially rely on media cadres at the Prime Ministry, in additions to staff from the Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV), and the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Shboul dismissed that Petra will merge with the JRTV because the latter is an independent institution.

Shboul asserted that the independence of Petra and JRTV is essential, and that both institutions will be associated with the ministry, but will not be part of it.

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