The Jordan Times

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The Jordan Times
The Jordan Times.jpg
The front page of The Jordan Times on Sunday 31 October 2010
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet[1]
Owner(s) Jordan Press Foundation
Publisher Jordan Press Foundation
Editor Samir Barhoum
Founded 1976; 39 years ago (1976)
Headquarters Amman
Sister newspapers Al Ra'i
Website Official website

The Jordan Times is an English daily newspaper based in Amman, Jordan.

History and profile[edit]

The Jordan Times was established in 1976[2] and is owned by the Jordan Press Foundation, which also runs the Arabic-language daily Al Ra'i, the Kingdom's best selling daily.[3][4]

The Jordan Press Foundation has been majority government-owned since its inception, but it is unclear how much the government's stake fallen since a plan to sell some of its shares was announced in 2000. The Jordan Times maintains editorial independence from its sister daily Al Rai.

The website of the paper was the 31st most visited website in the Arab world in 2013.[5]


The newspaper includes two main sections:

  • News: covers local, regional, and world news. As well as business and sports subsections
  • Opinions: includes opinion, Ods and Ends, and weather subsections.

On 8 October 2008, the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said that two American reporters who work for the Times, Holli Chmela and Taylor Luck, had not been heard from since October 1. The pair had left Jordan to vacation in Lebanon on 29 September. On 1 October they told a friend they were leaving Beirut to travel to the northern town of Tripoli via Byblos. The embassy said they were planning to travel to Syria, before returning home to Amman on 4 October.[6]

On 9 October, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said it had arrested and was questioning the two Americans. The ministry statement said the two had entered the country illegally, with the help of smugglers, and that the two would soon be turned over to the US Embassy in Damascus.[7] Later that day, the couple were released and were reported to be safe at the US Embassy in Damascus.[8]


Notable journalists who have worked at the Times include:

From the 1980s to 2011 veteran journalist Randa Habib had a weekly column in the Times which was stopped by the paper management.[10] Jennifer Hamarneh served in the paper as editor-in-chief.[11]


  1. ^ "Jordan" (PDF). Publicitas. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Country profile - Jordan". Journalism Network. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  3. ^ MENA Financial Network | Jordan Press Foundation Makes Further Leap
  4. ^ Adam Jones (1999). "The Jordanian Media System: Broad Outlines". Free Servers. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Jordan Times most active local newspaper in social media — Forbes". Jordan Times (Dubai). 23 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  6. ^ 2 American Journalist Missing in Lebanon
  7. ^ 2 Missing Americans Arrested in Syria
  8. ^ Missing Americans Freed From Syrian Jail | AP via CBS News
  9. ^ a b Najjar, Orayb Aref (1998). "The Ebb and Flow of the Liberalization of the Jordanian Press: 1985−1997". Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 75 (127). Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Randa Habib (Fall 2011). "In Jordan, Some Threats Against a Foreign Journalist are Realized". Nieman Reports. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Jordan Media Institute. Retrieved 11 September 2014.