CMN gets first MENA journalism trust certification
Community Media Network, the leading Arab media NGO based in Amman, Jordan has become the first publication in the MENA region to receive the prestigious Journalism Trust Initiative certification.
The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) is an innovative media self-regulatory initiative designed to promote trustworthy journalism. The initiative has been launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and its partners Agence France Presse (AFP), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and the Global Editors Network (GEN) on April 3rd, 2018. JTI is designed to promote journalism by adherence to an agreed set of trust and transparency standards to be developed and implement.
French Ambassador to Jordan Véronique Vouland-Aneini said “Congratulations to our Jordanian partner Community Media Network for receiving the certification of trusted media outlet, as part of Reporters Sans Frontières "journalism trust initiative". At a time when ethical and quality journalism is more crucial than ever to help combat fake news and manipulation, the commitment of both RSF and Community Media Network, as the first certified media in the MENA region, is critical. Independent media are indeed an essential component of democracy and rule of law. I hope to see more and more outlets applying to the journalism trust initiative and wish CMN more success to come.”
Ofaf Steenfadt the director of the Journalism Trust Initiative said that investing in transparency and trust of the audiences is a must these days to make journalism more sustainable. “By using the JTI as a compliance tool, Community Media Network is leading by example for the whole region.”
Federal German Foreign Office through the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism supported the certification process.
Khadija Patel -The chair of the international board of the International Press Institute congratulated CMN on its trustworthy certification "Trust is the most valuable resource of any news media organization. And to see the JTI being implemented in MENA is encouraging for our mammoth task of mainlining trust with our audiences."
Daoud Kuttab founder and general manager of CMN called the certification an important achievement. “We have been working hard on our AmmanNet website and Radio al Balad to build trust with our audience and we are excited that we were able to apply for and receive a certification validating our hard professional work giving factual news and analysis to our audience
Henrik Grunnet Senior Strategic adviser, IMS (International Media Support) congratulated CMN for being certified by The Journalism Trust Initiative as a trusted media outlet.” In IMS It is our firm belief that good journalism creates better societies and therefore we are proud to acknowledge that our longtime partner Community Media Network has received the JTI-certification as the first media in the Arab World. We hope that CMN will be an inspiration for other independent media in the region to apply for the JTI certification.”
Nadal Mansour founder of the Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists praised the media outlet for receiving the award. “We are happy for the high recognition that Community Media Network has received, and we wish for the continued progress in its professional role. The adherence to the professional and institutional standards is especially important and is the basis of gaining the public trust.”
Rawan Damen, ARIJ Director-General said international recognition is badly needed. “It is great to have an Arab media (Community Media Network) outlet gets this international recognition. In the midst of mis/disinformation and non-fact-checked Arabic content, many are publishing, we need more and more such initiatives”.