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Jordan - Mapping Digital Media

Jordan - Mapping Digital Media

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With high levels of education and literacy, and a youthful population, Jordan is well-placed to explore the opportunities of digital media. Momentum for political reform was catalyzed by the regional uprisings in 2011, prompting modest concessionary measures by the authorities but also a reactionary crackdown on media freedom, with a particular focus on the internet.

Television, however, remains the only universal medium in Jordan, and the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in favor of satellite as the dominant viewing platform. This has brought regional and global news providers (such as Al Jazeera), along with hundreds of other free-to-air channels, into over 90 percent of households.

Digital switch-over will have little impact against this backdrop. This may explain why the authorities have been slow to prepare for the transition. At the time of writing this report, there are still no publicly available plans for switch-over, despite Jordan’s international commitment to turn off analog signals by 2015.
With high levels of education and literacy, and a youthful population, Jordan is well-placed to explore the opportunities of digital media. Momentum for political reform was catalyzed by the regional uprisings in 2011, prompting modest concessionary measures by the authorities but also a reactionary crackdown on media freedom, with a particular focus on the internet.

Television, however, remains the only universal medium in Jordan, and the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in favor of satellite as the dominant viewing platform. This has brought regional and global news providers (such as Al Jazeera), along with hundreds of other free-to-air channels, into over 90 percent of households.

Digital switch-over will have little impact against this backdrop. This may explain why the authorities have been slow to prepare for the transition. At the time of writing this report, there are still no publicly available plans for switch-over, despite Jordan’s international commitment to turn off analog signals by 2015.

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COUNTRY REPORT 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA:
 JORDAN
 
Mapping Digital Media: Jordan
A REPORT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
WRITTEN BY
Rana F. Sweis (lead researcher) Dina Baslan (researcher)
EDITED BY
Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson (Open Society Media Program editors)Aboubakr Jamaï (regional editor)
EDITORIAL COMMISSION
Yuen-Ying Chan, Christian S. Nissen, Dusˇan Reljic´, Russell Southwood, Damian TambiniThe Editorial Commission is an advisory body. Its members are not responsible for the information or assessments contained in the Mapping Digital Media texts
OPEN SOCIETY MEDIA PROGRAM TEAM
Meijinder Kaur, program assistant; Gordana Jankovic, director
OPEN SOCIETY INFORMATION PROGRAM TEAM
Vera Franz, senior program manager; Darius Cuplinskas, director
10 October 2013
 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA JORDAN2
Contents
Mapping Digital Media ..................................................................................................................... 4Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................... 6Context ............................................................................................................................................. 10Social Indicators ................................................................................................................................ 12Economic Indicators ......................................................................................................................... 141. Media Consumption: Te Digital Factor ................................................................................... 15 1.1 Digital ake-up ................................................................................................................. 15 1.2 Media Preerences ............................................................................................................. 18 1.3 News Providers ................................................................................................................. 21 1.4 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 262. Digital Media and Public or State-administered Broadcasters .................................................... 27 2.1 Public Service and State Institutions ................................................................................. 27 2.2 Public Service Provision .................................................................................................... 30 2.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 313. Digital Media and Society ......................................................................................................... 32 3.1 User-Generated Content (UGC) ...................................................................................... 32 3.2 Digital Activism ................................................................................................................ 35 3.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 38

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