People in Amman, Jordan.  Editorial credit: Maurizio De Mattei /


Jordan is a monarchy in which the king plays a dominant role in politics and governance. The parliament’s lower house is elected, but the electoral system continues to put the opposition at a disadvantage despite recent reforms, and the chamber wields little power in practice. The media and civil society groups are hampered by restrictive laws and government pressure. The judicial system is not independent and often fails to ensure due process.

Freedom in the World 2021

Freedom in the World — Jordan​​​​​​​ Country Report

Jordan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2021, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

A young woman wearing a protective mask looks at her smartphone while passing by a grafitti representing two big watching eyes in Berlin, Germany on April 1, 2020. Illustrative Editorial (Photo by Emmanuele Contini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Freedom on the Net— Jordan Country Report

Jordan is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.