Category: Media

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…

Muslims: TV’s Dependable Villains

No matter how intelligent or sophisticated the latest crop of US drama series might be, they too often rehash tired Muslim stereotypes.  By Osama Al Sharif Ever since US TV producers lost the Soviet Union as an archenemy, they’ve shifted…

Talent Shows Keep MBC on Top

MBC’s position as the region’s number one network seems insurmountable thanks in large part to our seemingly insatiable demand for TV talent shows. By Osama Al Sharif The MBC network is scoring big with audiences and advertisers thanks to an…

The Curious Case of the Ajloun Gold Find

The farcical events surrounding an alleged treasure find highlighted some sad truths about the dysfunctional relationship between the government, media, and general public.  By Osama Al Sharif Public opinion in Jordan, like in many other countries, has long been susceptible…

Terrifying Tweets

IS is expertly using social media to fulfill its objectives. This makes it even harder to stop. By Osama Al Sharif The main objective of propaganda is to sway, influence, and manipulate public opinion. In today’s information age, it’s becoming…

Surging Online Classifieds

Classified ads in the region are rapidly switching from print to online, with beneficial results for all.   By Khaldoon Tabaza Anyone who enjoys nothing more than getting their fingers covered in ink while leafing through a classifieds newspaper on…

The Media Battle for Gaza

As the guns fall silent in Gaza, the Palestinians have emerged as winners in their recent heated media war with the Israelis. Media and Society- Osama Al Sharif Both sides in this summer’s bloody Gazan war have claimed victory. Like…

The Buyback that Didn’t Fly

Our media proved its worth by exposing government plans to quietly buy back shares in our national carrier without proper oversight. By Osama al-Sharif By now you would have thought the government should have learned its lesson regarding the need…