Category: Media

Explaining President Trump

Now the dust has started to settle on the US general election, what are the key takeaways from Trump’s historic victory? By Osama Al Sharif Donald Trump, the flamboyant real-estate billionaire and reality TV star who has never held a…

Our Education System is Failing

A nation that lags behind in education can never hope for a better future. We need to radically overhaul the way we teach. By Osama Al Sharif Education reform has become the centerpiece of public debate in the country against…

Post at Your Peril?

This month: A worrying interpretation of the law, how to stop news websites from trading in sensationalist rumors, and why terrible events in Paris shouldn’t stifle the freedom to express ourselves online. By Osama al Sharif Journalists and social media…

The Case for a Complaints Commission

Rather than resorting to the courts, Jordan desperately needs an ombudsman dedicated to settling complaints against the media. By Osama Al Sharif A couple of incidents last month have led to calls for the creation of a media complaints commission…

Do We Need Another Public Service Broadcaster?

Questions concerning editorial independence, funding, and audience demand need to be asked about plans for a new public service broadcaster. By Osama Al-Sharif The government is pushing ahead with plans to launch another public service broadcaster that will consist of…

For Jordanians, Facebook is More than Just a Fun Diversion

Facebook isn’t just a website to share videos of kittens, it’s fast becoming our window to the world. By Osama Al Sharif Social media’s sway on public opinion continues to increase in Jordan at a time when the influence of…

Not Free Enough

Sadly, there was no cause for Jordan to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. By Osama Al Sharif Last month, Jordan, along with most countries, marked World Press Freedom Day. We didn’t rate well. The Freedom House Index placed Jordan 155…

A Furious Fall Out

Al Rai’s relations with the government have soured as the rancorous debate continues over the future of Jordan’s troubled daily newspapers. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis engulfing Jordan’s daily newspapers continues to show no sign of abating after Al-Rai’s…

Print’s Day of Reckoning

Jordan’s two leading dailies are in serious trouble, and it may be too late to save them from the same fate that befell so many other newspapers in the digital age. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis facing Jordan’s two…

We Aren’t Charlie

If social media is any gauge of attitudes towards the brutal Charlie Hebdo attack, then most Jordanians appear to believe free speech should have its limits. By Osama Al Sharif Last month’s deadly attack by Islamist terrorists on the French…