Published: 2019-03-23 18:45
Last Updated: 2019-03-23 18:50
The Minister of State for Media Affairs, Government Spokesman Jumana Ghneimat stressed the importance of the role of community media in supporting, enhancing and improving the stereotypical image of Jordanian women and conveying the true image of the citizens' concerns to achieve a professional, objective and balanced media discourse.
The project is organized by Anwar Charity Association for Women in Ma'an with the support of Radio Al-Balad and supported by the European Union Community Media Network.
Minister Ghneimat pointed out that Jordanian women in various locations and governorates, including Ma'an, need more support and promotion, highlighting the capabilities and achievements and raising challenges through initiatives that deal with community information. She pointed out that Jordanian women have some forms of discrimination, whether intentional or not, which must be eliminated to enhance women’s role in various sectors.
She said that community media is of great importance because it is more involved and integrated in local affairs and more sensitive to the concerns of society and its members, pointing out that this form of media should be directed to the development of society and its various groups, including women.
She added that the project "Promoting Voices of Women" may be the nucleus of a local media project that provides a lot for the local communities which are characterized by their specificity and importance, indicating that the media discourse should highlight the achievements, creativity and positive aspects of Ma'an.
The minister pointed out that the most important rule that must be applied in the field of official media is professionalism, honesty and objectivity, and deal communication with the recipient, who is a social actor investigating the truth and information, and to give facts as they are without exaggeration or understatement, stressing that the media must be national to convey the message of the state, which the government seeks to achieve through the development of institutions and training of media professionals and the improvement of professional standards.
She pointed out that in conjunction with the work on the official media for the national media scene of professionalism and objectivity in dealing with information and facts; there is a general principle that the government believes which is the right to know, and the duty of the Government to provide honest information in the easiest ways, pointing out that the establishment of this type of communication-based on facts and engagement and the establishment of the principle of the citizen's right to know; leads to rebuilding bridges of trust between the government and the citizen.
Ghneimat pointed out that there is a challenge in the process of reforming the official media discourse. It is a gap of trust between the government and the communities for reasons that have accumulated over the years due to difficult circumstances or failure to fulfill commitments and in implement strategies. The process of restoring trust between government and citizen lies in the application of many strategies and principles. Including community media within professional and scientific standards, as well as working seriously within concrete policies on the ground.
She said that the government's plans for the years 2019-2020 are based on three axes: the state of law, the state of production, the state of Takaful, and that these axes take the form of practical application to reach the desired results, pointing out that the rule of law is based on increasing the participation of young people in the political process, economic and social development, the process of political reform, and fighting corruption.
She pointed out that the fight against corruption and the fortification of public money is one of the tools to restore confidence. Four legislations have been amended and approved to strengthen institutions that deal with public money and to strengthen the institutions of supervision that are competent in fighting corruption.
Minister Ghneimat pointed out that the Commission for Integrity and Combating Corruption has transferred hundreds of cases and those involved to the judiciary, which confirms the seriousness of the government in fighting corruption pursuant to the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II. The government also stood on all irregularities contained in the report of the Audit Bureau of 2018, Some issues have been addressed directly, some cases have been forwarded to the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission, and others are being pursued.
On the problems of development, poverty, unemployment and the transition to the state of production, she explained that the government recognizes that the unemployment rates and poverty are high, especially among youth groups, and is working on plans for treatment and mitigation.
One of the tools of the media in dealing with development, poverty and unemployment issues is that the discourse is logical, setting the ceiling of expectations, telling the truth and nothing else, and clarifying the time periods required for those solutions, which are relatively long.
She pointed out that the government plan requires that 30 thousand job opportunities be provided by the end of this year, reducing unemployment rates. The plan also addresses the issue of poverty and its repercussions. There are various plans starting from the Ministries of Development, Labor, Finance and Energy. Each ministry has filed for projects and programs that seek to reduce rates. Poverty, Mitigation and Impacts.
The concept of the state of production means changing the current economic approach that leads to more poverty, unemployment, poor investment and debt. The royal directives aim to develop a new equation to change the old approach through the conclusion of economic agreements and improving the investment environment.
Ghneimat referred to the concept of the state of Takaful and its importance because it is linked to an important issue that the Jordanians have always called for, namely, improving the public services of health, education, transportation and infrastructure, noting that there are plans to implement them in those programs and projects.