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Israeli and Palestinian journalists have agreed to establish a hotline to help journalists who encounter problems in the course of their work.
A delegation of Israeli journalists who attended the annual general meeting of the European Federation of Journalists that took place in Sarajevo last week reached an agreement with the heads of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate to open the hotline.
The agreement received the blessing of the European Federation of Journalists, which expressed its support in the closing statement of the annual convention.
Shaike Komornik on behalf of the Israeli Federation of Journalists and Liat Collins on behalf of the Jerusalem Association of Journalists, members of the Israeli delegation, and Nasser Abubaker, the head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, reached the agreement after intensive discussions with the help of the German delegation.
Under the agreement, journalists who encounter a problem in the course of their work, for example when crossing from area to area in the West Bank, can call their professional association that will work with its counterpart to find a solution.
The idea of a hotline was raised several years ago by Haim Shibi of the Jerusalem Association of Journalists and last week the Palestinians agreed to it.
The Israeli delegates said they hoped the agreement would be implemented for the benefit of the journalists and professional journalism in the field.
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