Akeed- Several professional violations were detected in local coverage of news circulating about plans to shut down The Jordan Times, Jordan’s only English daily, Akeed said in a report.
The coverage was marked by inaccuracy, imbalance, bias, and lack of reliable sources. Jumping into conclusions was yet another violation, according to Akeed.
Akeed monitored and followed up on several relevant articles posted by local media outlets including:
The Jordan Times Mercy Killing .. the Sin of Bureaucracy
“Al-Sabeel and The Jordan Times”, Old Jordanian Newspapers that will go out of Business
Ayman Majali, board chairman of the Jordan Press Foundation (JPF), which publishes Al-Ra’i and The Jordan Times, told Akeed that no decision has been taken yet about the closure. He added that discussions were still ongoing to keep the newspaper running. “It is up to the general assembly, not the board to decide”, he noted.
Closing down the newspaper is only one of the options available to control JPF financial losses and to move out of the crisis, added Majali. Shutting down Al-Ra’i Center for Studies, one of the arms of the newspaper, is another option that could be considered, said JPF board chairman.
Other catchy headlines circulated on social media platforms about the same story include:
Akeed, Jordan’s media monitoring portal, urges media institutions to adhere to professional standards; chiefly accuracy, objectivity, and balanced reporting. It also calls on journalists to ensure that information come from credible sources, and to stay away from leaping into conclusions - which could contribute to spreading rumors.