AmmanNet Refused Permit in Zarqa

الخميس 29 تشرين الثاني 2007

Ahmad Humeid first published this press release on his blog about AmmanNet being refused a permit to open a new community radio station in Zarqa. While details seem sketchy as to why the permit was rejected, we join Daoud Kuttab’s call for the new governmental cabinet to reverse this rejection of a community-based media outlet in Jordan. We also join calls for a transparent process and a full investigation. The press release from AmmanNet is published below:

The government rejected a petition to grant a local radio license for the third biggest city of Jordan, Zarqa. In one of its last decision the outgoing Jordanian cabinet rejected the application by AmmanNet to set up a community radio station that will not broadcast news or politics.

This is the first known case in which a radio license has been rejected in Jordan since the deregulation of airwaves allowing for private ownership.

No explanation was included in the November 13th decision of the outgoing Bakhit cabinet which rejected the request based on clause 18.b of the Jordanian audio visual law. That clause states “The Council of Ministers may refuse to grant broadcasting licenses to any entity without stating the reasons for such rejection.”

Daoud Kuttab founder and director of AmmanNet called the decision an indirect punishment to the people of Zarqa. “With so many radio licenses in the capital, we expected the Jordanian government to support rather than reject a radio license that will offer public broadcasting to community services-deprived Zarqa. “ Kuttab says that an advisory board made up of community leaders was assembled, a studio space was rented in downtown Zarqa and equipment for the station was ordered. “At a time that Jordan is encouraging independent community-based media, this unexplained decision surprised us, “ he said.

Kuttab called on the newly appointed prime minister to reverse the decision. He also called on the newly elected parliament to revise the Audio Visual Law in a way to make the distribution of radio frequencies a more transparent affair. AmmanNet’s founder also called on the Higher Media Council to act quickly to ensure the respect of the audio visual regulatory process.

AmmanNet said that all the technical requirement for the station were assembled to the satisfaction of the relevant Jordanian regulators. The station reaffirmed its commitment to the people of Zarqa and called on the government to explain why the cabinet chose to reject our request, so that it can correct them.

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  • Deaf and blind gov workers will never be able to serve our audio visual needs – they simply don’t get it at all.

    We need a revolutionary restructuring of our AV legislation and workers who supposedly serve within their public office jobs!

    In an always-on-easy-access world, impeding access is criminal!

  • Deaf and blind gov workers will never be able to serve our audio visual needs – they simply don’t get it at all.

    We need a revolutionary restructuring of our AV legislation and workers who supposedly serve within their public office jobs!

    In an always-on-easy-access world, impeding access is criminal!

  • Deaf and blind gov workers will never be able to serve our audio visual needs – they simply don’t get it at all.

    We need a revolutionary restructuring of our AV legislation and workers who supposedly serve within their public office jobs!

    In an always-on-easy-access world, impeding access is criminal!

  • Deaf and blind gov workers will never be able to serve our audio visual needs – they simply don’t get it at all.

    We need a revolutionary restructuring of our AV legislation and workers who supposedly serve within their public office jobs!

    In an always-on-easy-access world, impeding access is criminal!