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Media and Palestine

Media and Palestine

Media in Palestine (A ten day study programme)

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcolm X 1925 – 1965

Palestine has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. It is an important place in the development of civilisation and religion because of its geographic location and its position between three major continents and the existence of ancient cultures and trading routes.

In recent years there has been an increasing awareness, understanding and knowledge about Palestine, its people and their experience of occupation, as well as its role in wider Middle East society and politics. This has been fuelled by stories and events covered by almost every major audio, visual and written news agency, including CNN, BBC, other European press agencies, Associated Press, Fox News, Sky News, RTV, Al Jazeera, Reuters, and many other national and international media agencies -- stories which are often then picked up and presented in the local press networks found all over the world.

As ever greater numbers of people from around the world travel to and experience the reality of Palestine and share their knowledge and experiences, Palestine will continue its climb up the social and political agenda of governments and media around the world. This increasing awareness is also supported by a number of established and emerging news/media websites dedicated to reporting on Palestine, the conflict and occupation. These influences, many believe, are contributing to the emergence of more balanced coverage.

However, despite more extensive coverage, the media in Palestine is different from media about Palestine. In this respect, many Palestinians view the media about Palestine as often inconsistent, shallow, lacking depth and understanding, ignoring basic facts, and reliant on preconceived stereotypes and judgments. Also, in many cases, media coverage of Palestine bears little resemblance to the socio-political reality on the ground.  

Media coverage on Palestine is often deeply politicised, and the content is often influenced by the intended audience and the political vision or ideology of the owners of the various news agencies reporting on Palestine. This situation can and often has resulted in a media which no longer serves as a tool to expose the truth, but as a tool which is used to sustain the political conflict, and in many cases, serves as a weapon used to intensify this conflict.

In response to the growing profile of Palestine, Israel, the occupation, the conflict and concerns about the nature of media coverage, To Be There has developed a ten day study programme aimed at journalism students and young professionals, providing a real opportunity to experience and connect with Palestine in examining how media is used in this region.

The course will cover the current socio-political and geo-political reality in Palestine, giving participants the opportunity to meet with representatives of media outlets and discuss their perceived mission and approach to reporting on Palestine and the issues it and its people face.  During the course, participants will see first-hand and learn in greater depth, the reality of Israeli military and civil control of Palestinian life.

Topics covered will include the Israeli settlement colonies enterprise which contributes to the forcible displacement of Palestinians and land theft; Palestinian political prisoners and their treatment under military law; the Israeli infrastructure of occupation and apartheid – walls, security zones, check points, the use of permits and much more.

One of the most important opportunities this course will provide is the chance to meet, network and to communicate with global and local media agencies. During the visit you will gain experience of media work under pressure where every word written or said can have an impact on the lives of people and the future of individuals and groups living and working in Palestine. Your participation in the programme will give you a unique opportunity for in-depth study into the important topic of media in and about Palestine; and provide you with an opportunity to experience the reality of the longest hostile military occupation spanning the 20th and 21st centuries (48 years and still going strong).  You will also see first-hand and gain a greater understanding and knowledge about the Palestinians’ efforts to secure dignity and justice.  

The fee for this visit is $1,000 (US Dollars) per person.

Fees will cover

  • Accommodation in a hotel on a twin bases or with a local Palestinian family.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Guides present at all times with the exception of free day and free periods.
  • Fees for lecturers and guest speakers.
  • Transportation inside the West Bank and on the days designated for travel as a part of the programme.

Fees will not cover – please note:

  • Fees do not cover travel to and from Israel which you will be responsible for organising; or from the airport into the West Bank and vice versa. However, the To Be There team can help in the organisation of a taxi from Ben Gurion Airport.
  • Fees do not cover any travel or medical insurance. You will be responsible for organising your own insurance coverage for the trip and the duration of your stay.
  • Fees do not cover your travel and activities on free days and periods with the exception of breakfast and dinner provided by the hotel or your host families.
  • Fees do not cover any personal items, gifts or souvenirs you may wish to buy.

If you have any questions about the fees and what is covered, please contact us.  We are happy to provide any guidance or information you may need to ensure your experience with To Be There meets your expectations.


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