“Media and the Judiciary” is the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists’ (CDFJ) program aimed at strengthening support for the media in Jordanian courts. The program was established to defend freedom of expression and the society’s right to information.
The Media and the Judiciary program complements the efforts of CDFJ to develop a media friendly legal environment. In 2001 the program established the Media Legal Aid Unit (MELAD) in Jordan. Spurred by the success of MELAD in Jordan the program went on to establish legal aid units in Egypt and Morocco in 2013.
In addition to offering legal aid, the program also teaches journalists how to deal with media legislation and trains lawyers in representing media workers in court. Through the program, CDFJ has opened channels of communication with the judicial authority resulting in a number of joint workshops and the publication of the first study on trends in Jordanian courts’ handling of media cases titled “Final Say.”
Media and the Judiciary’s previous supporters include: The European Union, USAID and the Jordanian Ministry of Planning.
To support CDFJ’s efforts to enhance media freedom please contact our Fundraising Officer Bethan Staton at Mays@cdfj.org