Jordan News Agency
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The Jordan News Agency (In Arabic: وكالة الأنباء الأردنية) (Shortly Petra) is the news agency of Jordan.
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Jordan News Agency (PETRA)
وكالة الأنباء الأردنية

Agency overview
Formed16 July 1969; 51 years ago
Employees260 (2010)
Minister responsible
Samih Maaita, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications
Agency executive
Faisal AlShboul, Director
Petra was established in 1969, as an independent body linked to the ministry of information.[1] It became an independent entity in June 2004, following the dissolution of the ministry of information. A special ordinance was enacted to give PETRA financial and administrative independence and to specify the powers of the agency's board and those of the director general. The new ordinance grants the agency the right to sell some of its services to willing subscribers. The ordinance defines services that could be sold as:
Affiliation and correspondence
PETRA is an active member in the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA),[1] and the Non-Aligned Countries' News Agencies Pool.
The agency has correspondents in Cairo, Copenhagen, New York City, Tokyo, Bonn, Paris, Gaza, Ramallah, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Moscow, London, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Sana'a, Bucharest, Baghdad, Manama and Beirut.
Technical development
Petra has come a long way since news bulletins were distributed internally through systems that feed communication lines and the mechanical Teleprinter, that later changed to computer sets, PETRA has now fully computerized news services.[2]
  1. ^ a b "Country profile - Jordan". Journalism Network. Archived from the original on 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Petra website
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Last edited on 11 August 2020, at 18:39
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