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Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media Among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon

February 1, 2014

Breaking the Isolation: Access to Information and Media among Migrant Domestic Workers in Jordan and Lebanon is one of the first studies of its kind to focus on how migrant domestic workers access and use information.Migrant domestic workers are a vital part of the workforce in Jordan and Lebanon but remain one of the most exploited and least protected groups of workers. Many migrants lack basic information about their legal rights. Those facing abusive treatment often do not know what to do or where to turn for help.Technology—particularly mobile phones—now offers these workers new opportunities to challenge abuse and stay connected to their home countries while working abroad.Breaking the Isolation provides an assessment of how migrant domestic workers are using technology to communicate, assert their rights, and collaborate with civil society organizations and governments to improve working conditions.The report is a useful resource that provides advocates and policymakers in the Arab region with practical information to help migrant domestic workers end their isolation, increase their visibility, and work together to make their voices heard.

Mapping Digital Media: Jordan

November 1, 2013

The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.With high levels of education and literacy, and a youthful population, Jordan is well-placed to explore the opportunities of digital media. Momentum for political reform was catalyzed by the regional uprisings in 2011, prompting modest concessionary measures by the authorities but also a reactionary crackdown on media freedom, with a particular focus on the internet.Television, however, remains the only universal medium in Jordan, and the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in favor of satellite as the dominant viewing platform. This has brought regional and global news providers (such as Al Jazeera), along with hundreds of other free-to-air channels, into over 90 percent of households.Digital switch-over will have little impact against this backdrop. This may explain why the authorities have been slow to prepare for the transition. At the time of writing this report, there are still no publicly available plans for switch-over, despite Jordan's international commitment to turn off analog signals by 2015.

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