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Calls for disability issues to be placed on the priorities of agendas of media organizations.

2018-06-28
HRH Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, president of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD), met at HCD’s headquarters a number of editors-in-chief and directors-general of the media and press institutions to discuss the role of the media under the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities No. 20 for the Year2017.
 

He said that Jordan needs to achieve the many aspirationsof persons with disabilities, the most important of which is the right to education.

 

“We have a big problem in this field. The percentage of disability in the Kingdom is about 15%, which equivalent to one million and two hundred thousand Jordanian citizens, 50% of whom are below the age of 16, which is equivalent to six hundred thousand citizens.

“We are in need of inclusive schools for children with disabilities, which will gradually be achieved in this area," he added.

 

He said that the percentage of work for persons with disabilities should be increased in all fields, and that follow-up of their recruitmentand provide the necessary support for their inclusion into the labor market and facilitate accessibility by creating accessible streets and sidewalks and governmental and private institutions to illustrate the positive impact such provisions have on those individuals.

 

He stressed the importance of political participation and the role of persons with disabilities in exercising their right to vote and to stand for elections and that we are in dire need forthe media to support and promote these ideas and change the status quo, telling the representatives, “we are able to achieve achievements through you”.

 

HCD Vice-President and Government Co-ordinator for Human Rights Basil Tarawneh talked about the important role of the media in the empowerment of persons with disabilities and the development of media agendas in a manner that meets the issues of empowerment.

 

HCD Secretary-General, Muhannad AlAzzeh, said that the media is the main frame that portraysthe image in a way that consecrates the concept of accurate or inaccurate positive or negative projections, and that the media is the main player in devoting a disturbing stereotype of the individual with a disability through Arab drama, which, in turn, was reflected on audio-visual media and newspapers .

 

 

Al Azzeh also called for the necessity of placing disability issues on the agendas of media institutions, and adopting the media guide developed by HCDin its coverage of issues related to persons with disabilities.

 

HCD Media Advisor, Ziad  Mougrabi, briefed attendees on the most prominent results of the analysis conducted by the Council onmedia coverage of disability issues in a number of newspapers and news and electronic sites.