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Freedom of Opinion and Expression in the Jordanian Legislation

Abeer Al-Brim1, Lubna Krishan2, Khaled Al-jbour3 & Omar Almakhzoumi4


The United Nations Charter reaffirms that freedom of opinion and expression is essential to global peace and security, a principle reflected in the Jordanian constitution. The Jordanian constitution also provides for the same rights. Nonetheless, the study provides recommendations to legislators for controlling laws to ensure public order, uphold moral standards, and protect the rights of others. Inconsistent legislation restricts freedoms and jeopardizes the entire purpose of human rights, particularly in key areas, namely the right to public assembly, the right to the media, and, most recently, the right to freedom of expression online. By way of conclusion, the study underscores the importance of the Jordanian Constitution of 1952, as it ensures optimal protection of the liberties of expression, which is still in use with its numerous amendments. The study highlights the lack of consistent legislative policy among lay legislators when it comes to laws concerning freedom of expression and opinion. A proposed solution is to implement a national legislation that coincides with and complements the Jordanian Constitution. Moreover, the proposed legislation must adhere to international laws ratified by Jordan. Such as the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which may require reconciliatory measures to align with its clauses.

Keywords: Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Jordanian Constitution, National Legislation, Legislative Constraints.