| Jordanian air force pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh, victim of|
exceptionally cruel murder by jihadists [Image Source]
"The revenge will be as big as the calamity that has hit Jordan," army spokesman Colonel Mamdouh al Ameri said in a televised statement as cited by Reuters, [RT]
Jordan drops two places on World Press Freedom index | Jordan Times | Mohammad Ghazal | Feb 12, 2015 | 21:44 | AMMAN — Jordan has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index 2015, ranking 143rd among 180 countries, as the government said it will continue to develop media freedom in the Kingdom. The Reporters Without Borders annual index released Thursday showed that Jordan continued a decline in press freedom, as it was ranked 141st in the 2014 index and 134th in the 2013 index. At the Arab level, Jordan ranked 11th... Commenting on the report, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani said: “We will continue to develop our freedom of expression.”So here's the reality: Contrary to the mild language of the headline, Jordan's press freedom is almost at the bottom of the league... and it's sinking. Countries that rank even lower include The Congo, Libya, Somalia, Eritrea. Check them all out.
Whatever the Hashemite Kingdom's government is doing, if it continues doing it, what reason is there to expect the situation to improve? There's none and it won't, though the article fails to convey any sense of that.
Jordan obviously has a serious and systemic problem. Problems of the Jordanian kind cannot be fixed easily, and certainly not by the mere training of more journalists, no matter how well.
But it does have to be said that well-prepared, courageous and intellectually rigorous reporters and editors are an adornment to almost every society. If Jordan wants some of those, and knows the recipe, more power to them. There is very little evidence that they do.
We have written critically several times in the past two months [December 10, December 11, January 11, January 16, January 19, January 23, February 4] about the Jordan Media Institute and the scandalous way it published a homage to a Jihadist terrorist. And about the even more scandalous way the tribute was secretly removed under pressure from critics - like us.
A society claiming to be at war with the terrorists and aspiring to "continue to develop" its "freedom of expression" and "media freedom" has to have a strategy that goes beyond self-aggrandizing press statements. It also needs to be substantially more upfront with the outside world - and with itself, it seems - about the lethal support for jihad that infects the ranks of key parts of its population, including some of the journalists whose future careers it is proudly hailing.