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Israeli journalists are more informed about developments in the Palestinian
territories than their Palestinian colleagues, Abdel Naser Najjar, chairman of
the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the West Bank, said over the
Palestinian Authority officials have always preferred to talk to
the Israeli and foreign media, Najjar complained.
The PA media were
forced to rely heavily on Israeli reporting of last week’s ceremony to launch
direct talks in Washington. Some Palestinian editors said that PA officials who
traveled to Washington preferred to talk to Israeli and Western journalists, as
well as to popular pan-Arab TV channels such as Al-Jazeera and
“Palestinian officials must start providing the Palestinian
media with information and news scoops,” Najjar said. “They must have confidence
in the Palestinian media.”
The Palestinian officials believed that
dealing with Israeli and foreign media would bring more exposure, he
Israeli media have more sources among Palestinians than the local
media. We hope this situation will change and Palestinian journalists
the first to publish scoops.”
The journalists syndicate in the West Bank
is dominated by Fatah loyalists who refrain from reporting anything that
anger the PA leadership or reflect negatively on it.
Two of the three
main Palestinian newspapers – Al-Hayat al-Jadida
funded by the PA, which also appoints reporters and editors.Al-Quds
only privately-owned newspaper, has become over the years a
publication reflecting the views of the PA leadership.