JT: Majority of Jordanian Journalists Self-Censorship

Ninety-four per cent of journalists in Jordan practise self-censorship, according to a survey conducted by the Centre for Defending the Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) to mark World Press Freedom Day.

This year’s survey, conducted between February 23 and March 13, covered a sample of 1,200 journalists, members of the Jordan Press Association as well as those registered with the CDFJ, he noted.

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Asked which issues they voluntarily avoid discussing, 98 per cent of the polled journalists said everything related to the Armed Forces, while 81 per cent cited religious issues. Meanwhile, 78 and 77 per cent respectively said they avoid criticising tribal and Arab leaders; 74 per cent said they don’t discuss sex issues, and 54 per cent said they keep away from criticising the government.

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