2008 Jordan Media Law Institute Announced

Experts from the US, Europe, and the region are convening here for an intensive training program on media law and policy hosted by the Higher Media Council and dedicated to “Technology and New Themes in Media Regulation.”

Lectures, panel discussions, and roundtables will offer an overview of international and Jordanian legislation on traditional media – print, radio, and TV – and review the on-going debate on policies and regulations on “new media”, including satellite, internet, and mobile telephones. High on the agenda will be the theme of regulatory “convergence” between telecom and media.

“Jordan is in the process of shaping its own strategy on convergence,” said Higher Media Council President HE Dr. Sima Bahous. “This institute is very timely as it comes at a time when Jordan’s New Media Taskforce is substantially analyzing the same issues that this training is covering.”

The 2008 Jordan Media Law & Policy Institute will take place March 22–27 at the Higher Media Council, Amman, Jordan.

The event is organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) in the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania). It is modeled on a course that CGCS runs every summer at Oxford University, in the UK.

The Institute will bring together media professionals, lawyers, academics, and representatives from civil society to discuss and better understand the evolving intersection of technology and media law and policy in Jordan and around the world. “This event brings into one room people who plan, implement, and are affected by laws governing media,” said Monroe Price, Director of CGCS at Annenberg.

Among the trainers will be experts from the UK’s media regulatory body – Ofcom – and from the American University of Cairo, as well as media lawyers from the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The program features sessions on media convergence laws and regulations in the Arab World, content regulation in the EU, Internet TV, media and sovereignty, pan-Arab satellite broadcasting laws and regulation, and future telecom trends, among others. Two panel discussions are scheduled on internet and audio-visual regulation.

The Jordan Media Law and Policy Institute was developed as part of the USAID-funded Jordan Media Strengthening Program, which is implemented by IREX.