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Critical Response of the Jordanian Government Published a Code of Conduct Regulating Relations between the Media and the Governm
Journalism & Communication
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Name Class Professor Date Critical Response to the Jordanian Governments Published Code of Conduct Regulating Relations between the Media and the Government In any regulation involving government’s relation with the media, the actual application of the policy matters more than the written text of the guidelines.
If the spirit of text is to be followed, it clearly makes a demarcation between media and the government so that the media is guaranteed with a freedom of expression as stipulated in the Constitution of Jordan. It even went into details as to prohibit government in providing “the provision of financial incentives or in-kind designed to influence the journalists or the media and work on the subject of any practice inconsistent with the laws and the Charter of the press approved by the JPA”. This meant that government and its agencies are prohibited to give bribes to media in any form or kind that will influence its function as a press agency out of fear of black mail or to pursue its own popularity by influencing media through incentives. The text also circumscribed the state’s power of the purse to ensure that it does not influence media by the leverage of its ad placement. To prevent this, it directs its “departments and institutions through a direct purchase from the market” to ensure that it will not meddle with the media that would compromise its independence. Meaning, government and its agencies will buy its subscriptions from the market and not through the free subscription given by the media. ...
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