(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani on Wednesday said that Jordan's media network has always displayed 'sustained commitment' towards national and Arab issues and concomitantly maintained a 'professional and ethical' approach.
Momani, who is also the government spokesperson, made the remarks during the inauguration of a conference held by the faculty of media at Yarmouk University, titled 'Media and political transformations in the Middle East', the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
He noted that local media outlets have prioritised values of accuracy and transparency over speed and scoops, which proved their 'commitment to the profession's ethics and bias towards national interests'.
The government has sought to support the sector to highlight citizens' concerns and fulfil their aspirations, he noted.
He also pointed to the media's crucial role in denouncing rhetoric of division, hatred, incitement, which plagued many societies and turned into a tool to sabotage their stability.
The minister also referred to the dire need to foster the role of media as an effective and robust means to raise awareness of radical orientations, conducive to terrorism, in a collective effort to eliminate their repercussions.
Momani said that amendments to the cyber crime law are important for addressing risks and controlling malpractices online, in addition to limiting harmful contents that affect the rights of individuals and promote sectarianism, which threatens the security and safety of society.
He stressed that these amendments, which are currently being studied by the Legislation and Opinion Bureau, will neither affect public freedoms nor restrict the freedom of expression, as they are aimed at enahncing individuals' rights.
Yarmouk University President Rifat Faouri said that remarkable changes can be observed in the media sector, especially under the 'massive flow' of information resulting from the development of media and social media tools.
Dean of the media faculty Ali Najadat said that regional events and political, economic and social transformations have 'exhausted and frustrated' Arabs.
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