For those that monitor the current status of the Arab media, here is a positive sign:
An international media conference in Jordan called on Arab governments to provide the legal protections needed to allow media to fulfill their role of monitoring good governance. More than 300 people from nearly 20 countries participated in the Media and Good Governance conference, held from February 14 to 16 in Amman. The participants included journalists, lawyers, media development workers and government officials.
They discussed the crucial role the media play in ensuring that governments work on behalf of citizens, through journalism that holds officials accountable and alerts the public to corruption and abuses of power. At the conclusion of the conference, participants issued the Amman Declaration on Media and Good Governance. The document calls for reform of media laws and protection for journalists. It further asks Arab governments to reform their very structures, to ensure internal checks and balances.
The declaration continues: "These reforms should also ensure the rotation of power through free and fair elections."