Palestine - IFEX Member Campaigns
For Palestinian journalists, the day highlights the daily challenges they face, with increasing violations against media freedoms by the Israeli forces and Palestinian parties in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, MADA congratulates Palestinian women and women around the globe, especially journalists, on their accomplishments in all professional fields.
A MADA representative stressed the need for urgent international intervention to end violations against journalists and media institutions.
The project's goal is to increase journalists' awareness of their rights and to push for the adoption of laws protecting access to information.
In a joint open letter, the forum stated that journalists must be kept safe so that the public in Israel and the Palestinian Territories have access to news from all sides, and to a wide array of political opinion.
Campaigns launched by MADA call for a halt to Israeli attacks on press freedom, as well as an end to the influence Palestinian internal political divisions have on the media.
The workshops, which have been offered with the support of Foundation for the Future, come as part of a series of sessions held by MADA to inform and assist journalists in the various cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
During a ceremony marking Word Press Freedom Day, MADA's chairman highlighted the major violations committed against journalists in 2010.
The first workshop, "Freedom of Expression in Local and International Legislation", was part of a series aimed at raising journalists' awareness of the laws relating to their work and guaranteeing them the right to free expression.
The workshop was held as part of MADA's programme designed to enhance freedom of expression, in cooperation with the lawyers' syndicate, and funded by the UNESCO office in Ramallah.
Brought together by MADA, the participating organisations agreed to form a coalition after holding a number of preliminary meetings in Ramallah and Gaza in early 2011.
According to MADA's monitoring, the number of media freedom violations in 2010 year will be more than 200.
The aim of the mission is to investigate the continuing consequences of the Israeli occupation on the work of journalists and media workers and its impact on their safety, IFJ said.
MADA director Mousa Rimawi talked about the important role of local media in calling for reconciliation, tolerance and dialogue.
The workshop is part of a series that will be convened in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of a project on defending journalists' rights in Palestine.
Participants at a consultative meeting hosted by MADA discussed the media freedom situation in Palestine.
Violations to freedom of expression are a daily occurrence for journalists in the West Bank and Gaza.
At a time when the world celebrates the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Palestinian journalists continue to be victims of various attacks.
Norwegian PEN's Ossietzky-prize for "outstanding achievements within the field of free expression" will be awarded to Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer during the commemoration of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer.