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About Palestinian media

A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available 
HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process


Palestinian Authority TV and radio (Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, PBC) are under the direct control of the Palestinian Authority under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and are the official media of the PA government. WAFA Palestine News and Information Agency, the official Palestinian news service, is under the PLO Executive Committee, which is also headed by Mahmoud Abbas. The newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida is the PA’s official daily newspaper.

In January 2016, Abbas appointed Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf to the position of General Supervisor of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC, which includes PA TV and Voice of Palestine radio) and the official news agency WAFA. This position is with the rank of minister. Ahmad Assaf is also the general supervisor of the Fatah-run Awdah TV station, indicating that these news outlets are closely connected and run by the same people in Fatah. [Fateh Media website, Jan. 31 and Feb. 13, 2015; Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, Jan. 31, 2015]

The PA leadership actively uses its media to send out ideological and political messages to its people, and also exerts its influence over the independent media. Bassem Eid, Director General of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, explained in a 2009 interview that there was no freedom of expression under Abbas’s PA or under Hamas:

“’I do not think,’ Eid says, ‘that there is any kind of open media anywhere in the Palestinian territories, neither in Gaza nor the West Bank.’ Journalists continue to be confined in West Bank prisons, and critical media, he says, have been closed down. ‘Mr. [Mahmoud] Abbas,’ says Eid, ‘may talk about free media where he is ruling but in my opinion, as a human rights organization, we are receiving a lot of reports how the right of free expression is being completely violated by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and by the Hamas in the Gaza strip."
[JewishJournal.com, Nov. 25, 2009]
 
In 2010, Mahmoud Abbas, who serves as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, the PLO and Fatah, announced a plan to make PA TV and radio more independent, while still being under his control, as head of the PLO:

“Yasser Abd Rabbo, Inspector General of the [PA’s] official media, has revealed that President Mahmoud Abbas, in his role as Chairman of the PLO, recently issued a presidential directive resolving to convert the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Palestinian television from a governmental institution into an independent public institution…
In response to a question concerning the dependence of the new TV Council on the President, Abd Rabbo said: ‘We find ourselves in circumstances involving political turbulence… Therefore, the only [and] most stable body is the PLO and the Presidency. Therefore, the [TV] Council is subordinate to the PLO Chairman.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

However, that plan has not yet been implemented. Accordingly, while the PA media’s influence as educator of Palestinians varies depending on the number of viewers and readership at different times, the official media are excellent indicators of the ideology that the Palestinian Authority’s leaders wish to transmit to the their people.

Political, religious and ideological messages expressed today by PA and Fatah leaders, are repeated throughout Palestinian society. They are conveyed through a wide range of activities including, cultural expression, sporting events, religious teachings, music videos, and in political events. These messages reflect the beliefs, opinions and goals of the Palestinian Authority, and their repeated transmission through the different media and other structures the PA controls, indicates an intentional pattern rather than coincidence.

Abd Rabbo explained that once PA TV ceases to be “official TV”, it will no longer be a “mouthpiece” of the PA leaders’ ideology, since the goal is “to achieve a TV and radio broadcasting that will express the will of our Palestinian society in all its shades and contradictions, and [such] that the TV will not be the mouthpiece of the government, with an attempt to dictate to society and to direct it as the government sees fit.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida paper reiterated in April 2014 that the Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Radio and Television Authority and the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper are “governmental media institutions.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 21, 2014]

A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process
PA daily op-ed writer ‘apologizes’ for op-ed in which he called US special envoy a “mongoloid” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2019
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Love, peace, and apology"
      "A friend asked me about the misunderstanding that arose among some of the relatives of people that suffer from Down Syndrome and the workers and administrators of the special schools and institutions dedicated to them as a result of the confusion that arose from inaccurate reading of the message and goal of my article from four days ago, titled 'The American Prattle Syndrome.' This article intended to emphasize the failure of the American administration to pass the deal of the century (i.e., US President Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan) and all of its plans that are striving to harm the rights and fundamental principles of our Palestinian Arab people."

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Facebook reinstates Fatah Information Commission’s Facebook page 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission‎, Mar. 4, 2019
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology

Posted text: “Following correspondence with the Facebook management in Dubai, we have succeeded in restoring the page of the [Fatah] Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology – the official page ‘Fatah Information.’”

Facebook closes official page of Fatah’s Commission of Information 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2019
Headline: “Facebook management closes the page of the Fatah Movement’s Commission of Information”
        “As part of the attack on the Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah, yesterday evening [Feb. 27, 2019] Facebook management closed the page of the [Fatah] Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology – the official information page of the [Fatah] Movement. The Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology emphasized in a press statement that it will continue its informational activity on all of the other social media platforms and on the ‘Fatah Information’ website (i.e., the website of the Fatah Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology).”

PLO official discusses TV cooperation with Syrian minister, "condemned the joint terrorism of the Zionist entity and the dark groups (ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra)" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2019
Headline: “Ambassador Abd Al-Hadi briefs the Syrian Minister of Information on the recent Palestinian developments”
        “Director-General of the PLO Political Department [in Syria] Ambassador Anwar Abd Al-Hadi discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian cause yesterday [Feb. 27, 2019] with Syrian Minister of Information Imad Sara… During the meeting the two sides also discussed means of cooperation between [official] PA TV and Syrian TV, in a way that would serve the two brotherly peoples’ interests. The two condemned the joint terrorism of the Zionist entity and the dark groups (ISIS and [Jabhat] Al-Nusra) [parentheses in source].”

Jabhat Al-Nusra is a branch of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization operating in Syria and Lebanon, formed in January 2012. It is an Islamic Sunni, Jihadist group fighting against the Syrian government forces in the Syrian civil war, in order to establish an Islamic state in Syria.
PA media supervisor: “Zionism [is] acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the [archeological] excavations” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2019
   “General Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media [with the rank of] minister [and General Supervisor of Fatah-run Awdah TV] Ahmad Assaf said that ‘The focus on Jerusalem and what takes place in it is at the heart of our national priorities and at the heart of our defense of the national enterprise.’ During a speech that he gave on behalf of [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas at the Media in the Eyes of Jerusalem Summit…
He said: ‘Jerusalem, with its historical, cultural, and religious status, is the core of the struggle over the narrative; Zionism, its branches, and the occupation governments throughout the generations have acted and are still acting to seize exclusive ownership of Jerusalem through a false narrative that is not supported by history and is also not supported by the excavations – even those they have carried out themselves (sic., historical records and archeological findings confirm the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and Israel). The established fact remains unchanged; Jerusalem – with its past, present, and future – will remain Palestinian-Arab-Islamic-Christian.’”

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Palestinian media signs agreement with Syrian media 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2019
Headline: “A cooperation agreement was signed between the official Palestinian [PA] media and its Syrian counterpart”
      “General Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media [with the rank of] minister Ahmad Assaf yesterday (Sunday) [Jan. 13, 2019] signed with Syrian Minister of Information Imad Sara… on a cooperation agreement between the official Palestinian [PA] media and its Syrian counterpart… It should be noted that Minister Assaf is on an official visit in Syria to inaugurate the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) office in the capital Damascus.”
Dec. 2018 poll: Viewership habits of Palestinians 
Source: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), Dec. 27, 2018
Q: "From among the following satellite news stations, which one you watched most during the last two months?"

Al Jazeera TV - 20%
Al Aqsa TV - 14%
Maan TV - 12%
Palestine TV - 12%
Palestine Today - 12%
Al Mayadeen - 5%
Al Quds TV - 5%
Al Arabiya - 4%
 
Note: “These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 12-16 December 2018… Margin of error is +/-3%.”
The entire poll can be found here


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Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate calls on all Palestinian media outlets "to settle accounts with anyone who has participated in a visit to and any activity of normalization with the occupying entity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2018
Headline: “The [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate supports Koul Al-Arab’s decision”
    “The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate expressed its support for the decision of the management of the magazine Koul Al-Arab, which is published in the French capital Paris, to fire journalist Khaled Zaghloul from the magazine and cut all connection with him. This was because of his participation in a visit to the occupying entity [Israel] and its racist parliament, which is called ‘the Knesset.’ … The syndicate again called on all of the media outlets, professional syndicates, and Arab associations to settle accounts with anyone who has participated in a visit to and any activity of normalization with the occupying entity, and to ostracize them.”
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PA TV to open office in Damascus, in cooperation with Syrian Ministry of Information 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2018
   “Director-General of the PLO Political Department [in Syria] Anwar Abd Al-Hadi discussed the developments in Palestine and the recent political developments yesterday [Nov. 14, 2018] with Syrian Minister of Information Imad Sara.
During their meeting, which was held at the [Syrian] Ministry of Information building in Damascus, Abd Al-Hadi briefed the Syrian minister of information on the Israeli aggression against the members of our people in the Gaza Strip…
The two sides discussed preparations for the inauguration of the PA TV office in Damascus. Abd Al-Hadi thanked the minister of information for the technical facilitation and the preparations for the inauguration of the office.
The Syrian minister of information...  said that the Ministry of Information will not hesitate to provide facilitation in everything that PA TV will need in Damascus, and emphasized the significance of the cooperation in the field of communications between Palestine and Syria. The minister expressed willingness to sign on cooperation protocols between PA TV and Syrian TV and between the official news agencies in the two states.”

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PA TV reports on Israeli army's destruction of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV studio, calling it "a war crime"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Israel bombing Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV station building in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 12, 2018, hosting Director of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr

Official PA TV host: “Mr. Nasser, three warning rockets, and after them three rockets completely destroyed the building of [Hamas’] Al-Aqsa satellite channel. Thank God there are no wounded among our colleagues and the journalists there. The [Palestine] Broadcasting Corporation has condemned this attack, the attempt at silencing [them], and the open and clear blow to the media, as the extremist right-wing [Israeli] government has grown accustomed to doing… [What is] the position of the [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate and the Arab media – through your connections with it – regarding this attack?”
Director of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr: “As you said, the statement of the Journalists’ Syndicate strongly condemned this occupation crime. We view it as a war crime against the Palestinian media... This is an ongoing war. However, the journalists and the Palestinian media outlets prove every day that they are up to the challenge. A few minutes after the bombing of the Al-Aqsa channel it returned to broadcasting.”
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Final moments as Hamas TV receives Israel's warning to evacuate before TV station destroyed 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 12, 2018

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), final moments of broadcast before the Al-Aqsa TV station building in the Gaza Strip was evacuated due to Israeli warning strikes prior to its bombing of the building on Nov. 12, 2018

WAFA - official PA news agency: "Israeli planes fired three missile alerts, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the Al-Quds TV headquarters, destroying it completely... No injuries were reported." (Nov. 12, 2018)
(Boom of Israel's 1st warning is heard)
Expert on security and military affairs Rafiq Abu Hani: "The Palestinian resistance’s capability is clear in the Gaza Strip... (Two more booms are heard) In other words, this provides us with the difference between the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip...”
Al-Aqsa TV host: "Apparently there are certain events, developments on the ground. (Shouting heard in the background) Apparently there is a new Zionist attack against the Gaza Strip. I don’t know - I’m waiting for a signal from the editing room and from the control room – if there are any developments, they should notify us right now. In general, I thank my guests here. And also one last word: The last word is always the word of the Palestinian resistance. Many greetings to these young people who always cared to defend our people."
The screen freezes for a minute before going black. Screen stayed black for seven minutes.
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Official PA agency reports on Israeli army's desctruction of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV studio 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 12, 2018
Published by the English edition of WAFA, the official PA news agency

Headline: "Israeli shelling completely destroys al-Aqsa TV headquarters in Gaza"
     "GAZA, Monday, November 12, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes shelled the headquarters of al-Aqsa TV in the city of Gaza, the official Hamas-run television channel, completely destroying it, said sources. Israeli reconnaissance planes fired three missile alerts, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the al-Quds TV headquarters, destroying it completely and causing serious damages to neighboring homes. Israeli planes also shelled a two-storey house belonging to the Dahair family in Rafah city and another belonging to al-Breem family in Khan Younis city, destroying them completely. No injuries were reported."
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Al-Hayat Al-Jadida belongs to the PA “presidential institution” and is part of the official media 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2018
Headline: “Al-Hayat Al-Jadida celebrates 24 [years] and prepares to mark its silver anniversary in a period of innovation”
       “The [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida began as a publicly traded company and afterwards moved to the ownership of the Al-Bahr company, which is one of the companies that was founded by the PA. Afterwards, the daily became an investment fund in 2010 as an investment project, and later a [PA] presidential order was issued that made it subject to the Palestinian National Fund in 2013. This was before it became financially subordinate since the start of 2018 to the [PA] Ministry of Finance and administratively subordinate to the General Personnel Council, and in this way again became an official daily that belongs to the [PA] presidential institution, and completed the official media triangle that includes the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), the Palestinian [official PA] news agency WAFA, and the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.”
PA TV deliberately stopped broadcast when Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon took the floor at the UN 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 18, 2018
Official PA TV broadcast live from the session dealing with the Palestinian issue at the UN Security Council meeting on Oct. 18, 2018. When Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, started his speech, PA TV ended its broadcast.

UN Security Council representative: “We will now turn to the representative of Israel.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon: “Madam president, I have a few comments on that circus that has been staged today in this chamber. B’Tselem is an Israeli organization that is funded by the EU-”
Official PA TV newsreader: “Well then, our honored viewers, we have accompanied you with live coverage and a live broadcast from the [UN] Security Council, where there's a special meeting to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories. We listened to the speech of UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, in addition to Director-General of the B’Tselem human rights organization Hagai Elad, as well as Permanent Representative of Palestine to the UN Dr. Riyad Mansour, who spoke about the severity of the situation in the Palestinian territories.”

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July 2018 poll: 39% of Palestinians depend on social media as a source of news 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Aug. 6, 2018
    "The poll showed that the majority of respondents, 39.3% depend on social media as a source of news, followed by 28% who depend on television, 17.3% who depend on news websites, 7.4% on radio and 1.4% on newspapers."

Note: “A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung… A random sample of 1200 people over the age of 18 was interviewed face-to-face throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip between 26th of June and 7th of July 2018. The margin of error is ±3 percent, with a confidence level of 95%.”

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Official PA media is not free and is part of the "struggle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2018

Official PA TV Programs Division Director Nizar Al-Ghoul on Palestine This Morning:
“PA TV is not television just for entertainment and passing time. We are interested in the news item, interested in mobilizing for the struggle, interested in the content of the message that we present. PA TV is a central part of the full and comprehensive struggle… The leadership is working with its army to achieve victory, and this is what has happened in the PA TV – [General Supervisor of the PA Official Media] Minister Ahmad Assaf would follow everything small and large, direct every assignment, and follow the details. He surprises you when he calls you to ask about a tiny detail in some program.”
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Director-General of official PA TV: PA media's role is to create the news in order to best convey its message  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 23, 2018
Official PA TV News, interview with PA TV Director-General Khaled Sukkar, following PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ surprise visit to the official PA TV channel’s building

Official PA TV host: “How do you view the significance of this transition to the rubric of professionalism in television – in radio and in television – in the [Palestinian] Broadcasting Corporation; and how significant is conveying the Palestinian national scene and picture to the world?”
PA TV Director-General Khaled Sukkar: “That is the required role of the institution of [PA] media. Its role is not to report, because it is not a neutral media outlet; it is a media outlet with a national cause, a great cause, [as] there are constant confrontations with the occupation. Therefore that is the required role. Your professional and national role is to create the news item and so that others convey that news item, because you have the ability to convey the message. In the end it is your narrative.”
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General supervisor of PA official media calls to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem to prevent “legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “Assaf turns to the Arab and European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem”
      “General Supervisor of the Official Media, Minister Ahmad Assaf, yesterday [July 3, 2018] thanked Chairman of the Arab States Broadcasting Union Muhammad Al-Awwash, Secretary-General of the Union Abd Al-Rahim Suleiman, and all of the bodies that responded to the call to intervene with European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in occupied Jerusalem. It should be noted that Assaf sent dozens of letters to Arab and European bodies, in which he warned against this event being held in Jerusalem due to it being occupied Palestinian land... In his letters, which he sent to the Arab League and to European institutions, he explained that holding the Eurovision in occupied Jerusalem would mean legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization and the destruction of Palestinian houses. He added that this is a severe violation of international law...”

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Official PA news agency determines which language should be used in media when reporting on prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2017
       "The participants in the workshop that the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club organized yesterday (Wednesday) [Dec. 27, 2017] emphasized that when dealing with the prisoners' cause there must be uniform terms that will serve the national cause and contribute to presenting the prisoners in a way that befits them…
In a working paper submitted by WAFA Agency Editor in Chief Khuloud Assaf, she emphasized that the agency has begun practical steps to develop the media terms… Assaf detailed several of the mistaken terms that are used by the Palestinian media outlets, such as calling the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) ‘Israeli Arabs,’ and also 'collective punishments' instead of 'violations'… In addition, the term 'the Palestinian demands' is used, while the correct term is 'rights'…
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member Kifah Harb talked about the significance of using the political and national terms and expressions so that there will be a common language that expresses the ideology of the Palestinian national movement and reflecting the suffering of our people, far from the terms that the occupation is attempting to insert into our media and drag us to using, without us understanding the danger they constitute to our national enterprise."

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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