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Jordan: Tweets for Reform

For the last several weeks, Jordanians have discussed their own government and society in Twitter under the hashtag #ReformJo. The hashtag has provided an opportunity not just to criticize Jordan's government, but to provide suggestions to improve Jordan, from anti-smoking measures to educational reform to amending Jordan's constitution.

Anti-government demonstrations in Jordan over price increases. Photo by nader daoud, copyright Demotix (21/01/2011).

Anti-government demonstrations in Jordan over price increases. Photo by nader daoud, copyright Demotix (21/01/2011).

Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, the Twitter community has been resolute in the need for reform within Jordan's monarchy.

Ali Dahmash advocated personal action:

By the way #ReformJo includes every one of us, by loving our neighbor, driving properly, not throwing things from the car, caring about #Jo

Others focused on combating corruption. Jawad Abbasi asked for laws requiring public officials to disclose personal financial information prior to taking office:

@PrincessPetra81 #Reformjo any public official who wants his net worth and finances to be private, should not assume a public position. Easy

Facade al-Fasad tweeted:

cut down on independent commissions, seize assets from biggest corruption cases, budget deficit solved with a extra change #reformjo

Ahed Al-Adwan agreed:

Corruption in all forms, must be dealt with harshly, corrupted people must be undermined, boycotted and not praised in any way. #reformjo

Others centered their discussions on equality between Jordanians of Jordanian and Palestinian origin, and between genders. Ali Abu-Nimah wrote:

It would be much healthier for #JO to engage in serious, rapid #ReformJO than to stage contests about who is loyal and who is not.

Nasma Bar recommended:

No more “Aslak falasteeni wila urdoni?” we are all Jordanian. #reformjo

No more “Are you originally from Palestine or from Jordan?” We are all Jordanian. #reformjo

Fida Taher added:

Jordanian women (like myself) should be able to give their children the Jordanian nationality #reformjo

Still others, like Nader Idkeidek, recommended reform to Jordan's state-run media JordanTV:

1st step to #ReformJO is to #ReformJTV, mayb whole pub med. Is it me or we are all skipping JTV, and listening only to Wakeel in the morning

Zein al-Fawwaz agreed:

If we are talking about reform can we please start with Jordanian media? JTV! #reformjo

Bilal Mahmoud was one of many to suggest economic initiative:

Let's all support local businesses, buy made in jordan, fly rj and buy directly from farmers… #reformjo #jo #jordanian #Jordan

Michael Nazzal tweeted:

#Sustainable #tourism provides #Jordanians in their towns and villages with an income from #handcrafts…#Jordan.#reformjo

Hamzeh Nassif wants to see a focus on renewable energy:

Make #Jo a center for excellence in solar energy, see this proposal: #ReformJO #Jo

Sheren joined many calling for education reform:

Considering “TEACHING” as a profession and not a job will improve the outcome of the eduaction system. #ReformJO #education

Many focused on increasing citizen participation in governance processes. Hussam Soudani wrote:

Enhance public participation in the decision making process and strengthening the role of the civil society institutions. #reformjo

Tareq Abu-Lughod tweeted:

Since our taxes pay for most of Government spending, we'd like to approve, at least monitor Government spending. #ReformJo

Many demanded a new election law that would correct district gerrymandering, currently skewed to favor rural areas that are traditionally loyal to loyalist parliamentary candidates. Mahmoud Lattouf wrote:

#ReformJo: A just and representative election law taking and allowing the establishment of real political parties

Suleiman Bakhit wrote:

@samihtoukan @myUrdon @AhedAladwan Only issue is speed. We all agree root of all #reformjo is a progressive elections law

Ali Abu-Nimah added:

Return to 1952 constitution (democratic parliamentary regime with constitutional monarchy) emerges as #ReformJO issue

Discussions of reform in Jordan continue on Twitter at #reformJo, and also at ReformJo's newly-launched website.

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