70 % of Jordanian Journalists believe gov’t resorts to ‘soft containment’

Some 70 percent of journalists and media personnel in Jordan believe to a “high and medium” degree that the government resorts to “soft containment” methods to win their support and avoid bad press, a study revealed Saturday.

Of those 70 percent , 32 percent of them believe that permanent or temporary appointments in governmental or semi-government organisations is a tactic the government uses to buy the allegiance of media personnel, according to the poll conducted by Al Quds Centre for Political Studies with the support of the Canada Fund.

The study indicated that 17 per cent believe the government resorts to giving financial incentives to win journalists’ support, while 7 per cent said giving information to particular journalists is a means the government uses to obtain their support.

In addition, 49 percent of opinion leaders in the media sector were subjected to soft containment methods, the study showed.

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