Isabelle Heinzel

Online Media Regulation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

My┬ádissertation is concerned with Issues surrounding Media, Democracy and Power. The 2012 Amendments made to the Jordanian Press and Publication Law require the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of an online news site to register with the Jordanian Press Association and with the Ministry of Trade and Finance and furthermore make them responsible for users comments. This law, based on the principal of Media Accountability elicits a lot of self censorship and generally puts online media under the same conditions as the printed press. Thus the law has been widely contested and while some call it an extensive intrusion into the freedom of expression others see it as a necessity maintaining national security. Does the new law stabilize the country and support democracy or does it contradict Jordan’s continuous process of Democratisation?