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Gov’t urges for fact-based reporting amid regional unrest

By Maria Weldali - Apr 14,2024 - Last updated at Apr 14,2024

 

AMMAN—Minister of Government Communication Muhannad Mubaidin on Sunday stressed the need for news outlets to exercise caution amidst the ongoing regional tensions.

The region is currently grappling with increased tensions following Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel, marking a significant escalation of regional conflict amid the war in Gaza.

Despite the constant influx of visual content on social media platforms, Mubaidin assured that the government will not hesitate to enforce the law to curb the spread of unfounded rumours, stressing the importance of disseminating factual and accurate information.

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh also urged media outlets to be diligent and serious in their news reporting, adding that the government will decisively address any rumours that undermine the country’s solid foundations.

Khasawneh also noted that the Kingdom has taken precautionary measures in response to the current situation, including the closure of its airspace and the suspension of flight operations late on Saturday. 

He also affirmed the readiness of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) to counter any threats, thereby ensuring national security and safeguarding national interests.

Meanwhile, on social media platforms, numerous groups, particularly on Facebook, circulated false news stories about potential closures of schools and educational institutions on Sunday, leading to widespread uncertainty and fear among the public.

Conversely, many Jordanian users on various platforms expressed their support and prayers for all relevant security agencies. Samah Kharabshah, a 26-year-old Instagram user, wrote “Our country is safe and secure…but we should work to remove any harmful misinformation.”

Baraa Ahmad, a social media expert, told The Jordan Times on Sunday, "During such times which provide a fertile ground for misinformation, we should be cautious and discerning with what we believe and share on our social media accounts." Ahmad also noted the prevalence of manipulated photos, false statements, and other misleading claims that people should be wary of.

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