The Role of the Jordanian News Agency (PETRA) in Political Development
Keywords:Role, News Agency, Political Development, PETRA
PETRA is a term which actually stands for the Jordan News Agency that was established as an Independent body that was linked or associated with the Ministry of Information in Jordan. Jordan is a country that is located in the â€œheartâ€ of the Middle East and it is also on Saudi Arabiaâ€™s Northwest. PETRA is also a news agency that was established in on the 16th of July 1969 through a Royal Decree and which is renown because of its provision of news bulletins that are capable of reflecting the diversity of various opinions as they are in the Jordanian society and more so the cause of democracy and political development in the Jordan Kingdom. Petra has a staff of 238 employees of which 135 are journalists that are affiliated and have membership to the prestigious Jordan Press Association or JPA (Verloo et al, 2012). In essence, the Jordan News Agency or PETRA is indeed the news agency of Jordan whose Director and Agency Executive is Faisal AlShboul and which has its headquarters in Amman in Jordan. The Minister responsible for this State agency is Samih Maaita who is the Minister of â€œState for Media Affairs and Communicationsâ€ in the country.
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