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BZU Media Development Center Launches Media National Strategy Project

September 5, 2012
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On Wednesday 4 July 2012, the BZU Media Development Center (MDC) launched the Palestinian Media National Strategy during a ceremony with the participation of their Strategy partners.


In his speech, BZU President, Dr Khalil Hindi, noted his appreciation for the cooperation between the Council of Ministers, the Government Media Center and the Journalists Syndicate as well as that of universities and local partner organizations in this national project.

Discussing that which is needed for this partnership to create a sustainable framework that can advance the Palestinian media, Dr. Hindi argued that such a framework would diminish financial waste and help conserve valuable resources.


Dr. Hindi further pointed out that this endeavor works towards an ultimate goal of building and maintaining sustainable media capacities, which will be accomplished by enhancing journalist and citizen awareness of their rights and duties in a society ideally characterized by freedom and equality. It will further be realized through the building of networks with local, regional and international partners.



Moreover, a key objective of the Strategy is to develop media policies through discussions with and advocacy to governmental and civil society organizations.


MDC Director, Nibal Thawabteh, stated that the idea for the national Strategy arose from an urgent need to direct and regulate national efforts at media development and put in place eligibility requirements.


Director of the Government Media Center, Dr. Ghassan el-Khatib, stressed that the project should respond to the needs of various parties, including the public, NGOs and state bodies. El-Khatib emphasized that the government will facilitate a national team to implement the Strategy in order to improve media performance, noting that graduating exceptional journalists is a core project outcome. ''We hope that this team will handle 'legislation' issues, as we are keen to review all legislation pertaining to media. We also require a High Council for media, together with continued activity and expansion of the Journalists’ Union. The main gap in the Palestinian media is its inability to serve as the primary source of information for the Palestinian people, who largely rely on foreign media. We must strive to develop an effective public opinion that protects freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as provides and develops a more tolerant culture that can deal with multiple opinions and official criticism,'' Dr. el-Khatib said.


Dr. Abdul Nasser Najjar, President of the Journalists Syndicate, welcomed the Strategy, emphasizing that the Syndicate will adopt it as the first practical step towards moving beyond the current media impasse. "The most important step to realize this plan is drafting the Strategy so it can develop and improve local media" Najjar added.


BZU Media Professor, Mr. Abdul Rahim Abdullah, stressed that the Strategy will enable discussion around, and academic research on, a national framework for Palestinian media, that facilitates the implementation of the Strategy. It will further create a three-year plan that is binding to all parties (the government, local and international stakeholders) in terms of finances, supervision and implementation.


Editor-in-chief at WAFA, the Palestine News Agency, Mr. Ali Hussein suggested that a specialized media school be established, which responds to the need for certain criteria to govern the industry.


On behalf of the Palestine Broadcast Corporation (PBC), Mr. Emad el-Asfar, head of radio programs department, stated that the greatest beneficiary from this effort will be the radio, as it is Palestine's largest media branch. He articulated the PBC’s readiness to cooperate in order to ensure the success of this strategy

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