27.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Amman

UNESCO and Fojo Media Institute host roundtable discussion on media self-regulation

The Jordanian delegation on the study tour in December 2016 @UNESCO

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.

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Background information:

UNESCO is known as the ”intellectual” agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built. UNESCO’s mission in Jordan is to work with the government of Jordan and other stakeholders to provide effective high quality educational, scientific, cultural and communication programmes.

As an independent institute at one of Sweden’s leading public universities, the Linnæus University, Fojo Media Institute strengthens free, independent and professional journalism in Sweden and worldwide. Since 1972, Fojo has built capacity for more than 50,000 journalists from more than 100 countries and supported media development in more than 40 countries. Fojo is Sweden’s leading media development institute, operating nationally and internationally in Africa, Asia, Europe and the MENA region. Fojo strives to develop journalism as an objective in itself, underpinned by the understanding that free, independent and professional journalism is a basis for democracy and a right in itself as expressed in the UN Charter for Human Rights.

For more information, please contact:

Lidija Sabados

Associate Project Officer, Support to Media in Jordan

UNESCO Amman Office

l.sabados(at)unesco.org

Tel.: +962 (6) 5929621 Ext 328

Mob.: +962 (7) 96830012




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