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The Jordanian Alliance for the Freedom of Information and Transparency (JAFIT)

On September 28, 2008, UJRC officially launched JAFIT - the Jordanian Alliance for the Freedom of Information and Transparency. This coincided with the International Day for Freedom of Information (28/9/2008). The meeting was attended by different NGOs, media, and parliamentarians. At the end of the meeting participants issued a statement on Launching JAFIT. Read Statement.

The coalition is currently conducting a legal – political study on the legislative environment of the Right of Access to Information Law. This includes the constitutional and legal framework, the international conventions and commitments of the Jordanian government towards this law, and concludes with recommendations on developing and amending current information-related legislations.

In 2007 Jordan was the first Arab country to officially endorse a law that preserves the right to access of information, Law no. 47 of 2007.

Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC) believes that having this law guarantees ‘the right of access to information’, not only makes the flow of information smoother for media outlets; it provides a significant opportunity for the private sector to enhance the investment climate and economic freedom.

In August, 2008, UJRC joined with four Arab NGOs from Bahrain, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt, formed the Arab Freedom of Information Network (AFOINET), headed by the Center for Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa (CMF MENA) in Morocco.

The initiative resulted in creating the Jordanian Alliance for the Freedom of Information and Transparency (JAFIT), consisting of civil society organisations, activists, lawyers, media, and business people. The coalition aims at conducting campaigns and activities to promote the freedom of information and transparency.

It will also rise awareness of citizens to its existence, and examine its effectiveness by encouraging media persons, businessmen and ordinary citizens to request information, based on the rights provided for by the Law.
 

UJRC JAFIT newsletter “Information is Right for All”. This newsletter will be issued periodically and cover JAFIT and AFOINET news and activities. It will also follow-up latest updates on the Right to Access Information Law, in the region and the globe. 


- Issue No. (1)  "Information Right for All"  (Eng)
- Issue No. (2)  "Information Right for All"  (Eng)

- Issue No. (0)  "Information Right for All"  (Tryout issue: Arabic)
- Issue No. (1)  "Information Right for All"  (Arabic)
- Issue No. (2)  "Information Right for All"  (Arabic)

 

UJRC New publication: Report on the Right of Access to Information in Jordanian Legislations

An analytical research examined the Law on the Right to Access Information no. 47 of 2007. It came out with a list of recommendations on the need to reform existing legislations and undertaking mechanisms for expanding the space of freedom of information in Jordan. The report falls in 75 pages and was published within the framework of the Arab Freedom of Information Network, Jordan Branch.

 

 

 





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