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Momani warns against 'fake news' targeting Kingdom

By JT - Mar 20,2018 - Last updated at Mar 20,2018

AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said that 80 per cent of negative comments made during crises come from outside Jordan in order to aggravate public opinion and create chaos, according to a Jordan Media Institute (JMI) statement.

During a lecture at JMI, Momani said  that the parties behind “fake” news targeting the Kingdom are known by the government, stressing the role of the media in protecting the domestic front.

Momani added the local press is "strong" and "capable" of criticising the government in a constructive manner that places the national interests at its heart.  The minister also said that the level of freedom in Jordan is advanced and is considered a major constituent of the country's strength.  

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I DO AGREE THAT THE PRESS SHOULD AND HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED THE INTEREST OF THE JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT AND JORDANIAN INTEREST INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY. HOWEVER, MY OPINION REGARDING THIS ISSUE IS THAT IT IS WRONG TO ASK OR INTIMIDATE THE PRESS NOT SPEAK OUT WHEN BAD POLICIES ARE MADE. TRANPARENCY IS ALWAYS THE CATALYST FOR SOUND PUBLIC POLICY. DOES MR MOMANI HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WHEN ARTICLE 109 WAS TRASHED AND DELEATED FROM THE LIST OF INJUSTICES AGAINST JORDANIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS?. IS HE AGAINST THE NEWLY FOUND FREEDOM IN SAUDI WHERE WOMEN ARE NOW GRADUALLY BEING GIVEN THE SAME RIGHTS AS MEN? NON OF THESE UPDATED SHACKLES AGAINST WOMEN COULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE PRESS.

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