Community Media Network submits complaint to NCHR

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CMN Director-General Daoud Kuttab. (Photo: Community Media Network)
AMMAN — The Community Media Network (CMN) submitted on Monday a complaint to the National Center for Human Rights (NCHR), citing non-compliance with the rule of law by government officials.اضافة اعلان

The complaint, filed by CMN Director-General Daoud Kuttab, stated that government officials violated clause 7D of the 2019 regulation titled “Mechanism for approval of foreign funding”.

CMN won a tender announced by the German GIZ development agency to produce a JD25,000 campaign to raise awareness about recycling. CMN submitted online a complete application to the government for approval on June 12, 2022.

As per the agreement with GIZ, the contract was only signed after the elapse of 30 days, due to the clause in the government-approval mechanism, which states that if no negative answer is received within 30 days, the project funding is considered approved. CMN signed a contract with GIZ on August 8 and started working on the recycling awareness campaign.

Seventy-one days after the online submission, on August 23, the committee that approves foreign funding sent an email to CMN, rejecting the project. The reasons were vague. It stated that “some activities might be contrary to the organization’s goals and some activities might require licensing”.

CMN replied that the mandated time had elapsed, but still responded to the two stated reasons.

And even though the committee’s rejection was only a recommendation to the Cabinet, which has the final say, a government committee staff person contacted GIZ informing of the rejected recommendation. GIZ requested that CMN withdraw from the tender, which CMN refused, citing the reasons mentioned in the complaint.

CMN was given a week by GIZ to resolve the problem of government approval.

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