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The Ministry of Government Communication “a response” to the constitutional amendments

Amman Today

publish date 2022-10-31 11:05:52

Amman – Raed Sobeih

A member of the Jordanian Journalists Syndicate Khaled Al-Qudah confirmed in his statements to “compass“Reproducing the Ministry of Information under the name of the Ministry of Government Communication is a response to the constitutional amendments that went towards granting complete independence to the media, and for the official media to have a legal personality far from the executive authority, demanding at the same time the necessity of holding a general conference in which it meets All parties to reformulate the Jordanian media discourse in its correct form after it lost its compass and identity.

The judges said: Returning this ministry with this name so that the minister is the one who directly interferes in the work of the official media is nothing but an apostasy and a consecration of the government’s dominance of the media product in the official media institutions.

“I think that there will be no activation of a different product, but rather we will witness a more and more decline in the official media, because these institutions that we used to support to be more independent, stronger and more effective will return and be subject to the mood of the prime minister,” the judges said.

Khaled Al-Qudah: Jordan has lost its identity and its media compass, and a general conference must be held for all parties to reformulate the Jordanian media discourse in its correct form

He added, “The Minister of Government Communication will interfere in its smallest details, with its new name, and he was interfering previously through various arms in the content, but now it will become more intrusive.”

A dreamy ministry with people who don’t look like us

The judges expressed his regret that “this ministry is dreamy, and the prime minister does not look like us, and the minister of information feels that he has never been the son of this profession and this reality, for his repeated absence from the real scene to play his role,” noting: “I think that the impression taken from The current Minister of Government Communication is the absence in the real joints and leaving the scene, and intervention only when the Prime Minister wants the intervention of the Minister of Information and what the Prime Minister wants to hear and what he likes to hear.”

He added, “If this new ministry is based on the free flow of information, better qualification of media spokespeople, and the enactment of legislation proving the right to information, then this is a limited approach.”

Al-Qudah explained: “If there is an approach to this ministry and let us feel optimistic even for a moment, despite the accumulated experiences with the way this government deals and with various files, especially those that enjoyed an extension of public opinion, the government was absent from those issues and the minister and its spokesperson, and society became engulfed in rumors, And there is what the government seeks to promote and encourage and what is called the alternative media, which is based on neutralizing journalists and media institutions and letting social networks lead the scene, and today they are talking about a Ministry of Government Communication.”

A new strategy to correct compass loss

He stressed that “this government has lost its compass in the media, and this government does not have a clear strategy, and therefore we demand that a special strategy be developed for the media based on the following basis: that there be a free flow of information from all ministries, and that governments and their institutions stop sending ready-made news to media institutions.” It sends information, and lets journalists reproduce the news in the way they like, not send ready-made news with its headlines and pictures as usual.”

He pointed out by saying: “And that there should be a general conference in which all parties meet to develop a strategy worthy of the media, worthy of a state that is a hundred years old, and worthy of a state characterized by tolerance, the dignity of citizens and the preservation of human rights.”

Al-Qudah expressed his belief and confidence that “if such a conference is held and all parties are invited to it so that we can reformulate a media discourse, because Jordan has lost its identity and its compass in the media, and all of our media is addressing the inside only, and we have canceled our discourse in different languages, and we must through these The new ministry has a letter in English bearing the “state message” and not the government’s message, and there will be a speech in various languages, and there is no objection to the speech being in Persian, Turkish, and even French and Spanish, so that we can hear the world Jordan’s position on various issues.”

He concluded his statement with:compassBy saying: This Ministry of Communication can dedicate its news to: The Prime Minister, bid farewell to the Prime Minister, received Minister So-and-so, bid farewell to a ministry and inaugurated… It still adheres to its high professionalism despite all the obstacles placed in front of its journalists, that the state should have a media discourse that carries the state’s message and tries every time to escape from the grip of successive governments, especially the current government.

A new mandate and a ministry that keeps pace with the information revolution

The Minister of Government Communication, the official spokesman for the government, Faisal Shboul, said in his statements through the Sixty Minutes program broadcast on Jordanian television last Friday: that the ministerial reshuffle is a new mandate for the government to work within the three modernization tracks that were launched at the beginning of the bicentennial of the Jordanian state (political modernization). The vision of economic modernization and the public sector modernization map.

Al-Shboul stressed that there are new tasks for the government after the last amendment, represented in streamlining performance, improving public service, attracting investment and economic development, and providing a possible partisan political environment.

On the establishment of a Ministry of Government Communication, Shboul indicated that the Ministry of Information was abolished about 20 years ago, and no alternative was found, indicating that the Public Sector Modernization Committee recommended, after in-depth discussions, the importance of having a ministry to respond to media developments, the information revolution that the world is witnessing, and the new state of the media.

And he indicated that the number of media outlets in Jordan before the abolition of the Ministry of Information was in the dozens, compared to 250 media outlets currently, including official, governmental and private sectors.

Al-Shboul explained that the government media is the Jordan News Agency (Petra) and the Radio and Television Corporation. With the aim of ensuring the flow of information to the media and preserving the public’s right to obtain it, 75 media spokespersons will be trained during the next year on behalf of all government institutions and departments,” stressing the need for a reference body for these spokespeople.


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