Marwan Muasher is the former deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Jordan. In the lectures he delivers and the debates he takes part in, Muasher criticizes the slow pace of reform, politically, economically, and socially, and he recently criticized the deterioration of higher education in the kingdom.
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He has been outspoken about the wave of fascism and religious radicalism around the world. He accused US President Donald Trump of breaking taboos by suggesting bringing back torture, and warned world powers against undermining civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. He criticized Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s support for extrajudicial killings, and British Prime Minister Theresa May’s threat to change human right laws if they got in the way of the war on terror.
Jordan is a leading member of the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) in neighbouring Iraq and Syria. The Jordanian army has been tasked with protecting the kingdom from cross-border attacks and infiltration attempts. Yet despite widening a crackdown on ISIS sympathizers at home, it has struggled to cope. On 21 June 2016, six Jordanian soldiers were killed and 14 were wounded after a car bomb exploded in al-Rukban, near the country’s border with Syria.
When King Abdullah acceded to the throne in 1999, there were initial signals that the media environment would become freer. The 2003 Audio Visual Law ended the government’s monopoly on radio and television broadcasting, and in 2007, Jordan became the first Arab country to pass a freedom of information law.
On 20 September 2016, the Jordanian voted to elect their representatives in the 18th parliament, but the results revealed some surprises. Several heavyweights who had been fixtures on Jordan’s political scene for decades were unable to keep their seats. The vote also brought back the Islamic Action Front (IAF), which gained ten seats in the 130-seat House and helped five of their allies, including non-Islamists, to make it into the lower chamber.
The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) says media freedom in Jordan is declining. In 2015, ten journalists were detained under the country’s controversial Anti-Terrorism Law. The journalists were charged with publishing information that may undermine national security, slander and character assassination.