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IFEX member the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms responds to David Swick's piece about the challenges of reporting on Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Journalism ethics professor David Swick offers advice to journalists wanting to cover a topic that engenders passionate disagreement and charges of biased reporting.
For the first time, violations of media freedoms in Palestine at the hands of Palestinian security services outnumbered those committed in 2011 by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), but the IOF violations constituted a "greater threat," says the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) in its annual report.
Hamas officials have found the body of an Italian journalist and activist who was kidnapped last week in Gaza, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Vittorio Arrigoni was affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian rights group, and reported on Palestinian issues for the Italian newspaper "Il Manifesto" and online paper Peacereporter, and also wrote a blog.
The death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana in April 2008 in the Gaza Strip shocked the world. The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has produced a short film in honour of Shana and the many other Palestinian photographers "who have paid the high price of continued Israeli attacks." It's just one of MADA's many creative ways to engage the public in media freedom issues.
Hamas security services descended on the Gaza headquarters of the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) and shut it down indefinitely last week, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). It is just the latest in a series of military attacks from all sides on the Palestinian press in the volatile region.
Three pro-Fatah Palestinian newspapers published in the West Bank have been barred from distribution in the Gaza Strip, and told not to criticise the Hamas government in order to be permitted into the country, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Index on Censorship. MADA has also condemned the use of tear gas and sound bombs by Israeli forces on Palestinian journalists covering protests last week.
In the aftermath of Israel's raid on the flotilla delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza on 31 May, journalists released from custody are providing first-hand accounts of abuse, interrogation and confiscation of equipment by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). One journalist was killed in the deadly attack. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have edited and distributed portions of video footage taken from foreign journalists.
Palestinian journalists are under attack from Israeli forces and are also subjected to raids and arrests as a result of political rivalry between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, report the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Meanwhile, Israel continues to target and detain scores of Palestinians involved in protests against the separation barrier in the West Bank with freedom of movement and expression violations, reports Human Rights Watch.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) produced a short documentary film last year about attacks on Palestinian journalists in the occupied Palestinian territories, called "Freedoms Invasion." The film also shows how the conflict between Hamas and Fatah has damaged the Palestinian media environment. Directed by Waja Jamil, the 10-minute film is now on YouTube in Arabic, with English subtitles.
On 4 June, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the Mexican Ambassador to the UN, Luis Alfonso De Alba, were jointly honoured in Geneva with the first Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) Award for the Protection of Journalists.
Foreign journalists are now being let into war-ravaged Gaza, only after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire, IFEX members report.
Journalists and media houses continue to be in the firing line of Israel Defense Forces (IDF), say IFEX members ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and others, who count at least five journalists and media professionals killed in the recent Gaza conflict.
Israel should stop targeting Palestinian news agencies and journalists, and immediately allow foreign correspondents access to the Gaza Strip in line with a high court ruling last week, say IFEX members.
Israel's Ministry of Defence has reinstated a ban on foreign journalists entering the Gaza Strip, despite protests from IFEX members and the heads of major news organisations, and an appeal to the Supreme Court.
"In the Gaza Strip, anyone with a camera is fair game. That's the inescapable conclusion from the Israeli army's investigation into why one of its tank crews fired at least two shells at a Reuters television journalist openly filming them from a mile away."
Bahaa Boukhari, a Palestinian cartoonist who has faced jail terms for his work, has won the 2008 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from IFEX member Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI).
A Palestinian cameraman working for Reuters was killed in the Gaza Strip by an apparently unprovoked Israeli military strike, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and Reuters.
Heavy fighting between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip coupled with Israel's air strikes and raids against Palestinians is endangering the lives of journalists, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres, RSF) and local human rights organisations.
A Palestinian newspaper editor and his colleague were fatally attacked in the Gaza Strip amid clashes between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, report Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and a local human rights group.