Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Thursday, 29 September 2022

Journalism in Jordan in 100 years

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader :

Journalism in Jordan in 100 years" is summed up in 300 pages... It is summarized in 300 pages by Dr. Issam Suleiman Al-Mousa. When we hear this name, we revert to the name of his father, Suleiman, who associated this family with thought, culture and history, so this “contagion” passed to his honorable son, Issam Suleiman Al-Mousa who chronicled the Jordanian journalism over a hundred years. Days ago, Minister of State for Media Affairs Faisal Shboul patronized a ceremony marking the  launching of the book, held by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, which was supported by the Jordanian Ministry of Culture and titled, "Journalism in Jordan in 100 years".


In the book, Dr. Issam Al-Mousa says: "All parties must recognize the fact that a free and responsible journalism  is the safe way to the future." Thus, Jordan paved the way of success and excellence at the global level by remaining secure and stable which is attributed to  its wise leadership, as well as the awareness of its people and all the components of the society that jointly contributed to building and strengthening Jordan and transforming it into a global beacon.


It has been one hundred years since the launching of the first newspaper in Jordan. As part of the global scenario, we find out that the transition from the paper press to the electronic press and to the social media was not easy as this is associated with hopes, aspirations, and joys  as well as with headaches and worries. All of this requires the introduction of sound media education, which necessities the availability of educators, teachers, professors and media specialists. From this premise, I thank Dr. Issam, the noble educator of media people in Jordan as he contributed to the academic media movement with this sincere effort which is recorded in this available book.


During the ceremony, I talked about Dr. Issam who was born into an educated family, yet I also spoke about the Christian journalistic effort in this country. Christians has never been observers of the issues relevant to their country, homeland, and society, as well as to their Arab world, and  the entire world. The Christians are a positive contributor to supporting the journalistic movement and to promoting the status of their country in all forums. I am not addressing Dr. Issam from only the perspective of being a Christian citizen, but I am talking about what his book contains in this regard, namely that the Christians are present on every page of the book, and that they have been, and will continue to be, contributors--since the beginning of the Jordanian journalism movement--to the paper  and electronic press as well as to social media.


 We join Dr. Issam in saying that: “There is a currently a crisis marked by the absence of writers, who have charismatic presence in some newspapers, as they have passed away." We plead eternal rest unto everyone who supported the press and journalistic movement in Jordan. There are several relevant names listed at the end of the book. We say, may God have mercy on them, and we supplicate God to bless our nation and our homeland with new writers who would serve the homeland and humanity, which include content creators or rather creators of pure, healthy, useful, important and useful contents.


 We thank Dr. Issam Al-Mousa, and we wish him a healthy life hoping that with every centenary our press, leadership, and country will be safe.