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A new Arabic language television station will have a watershed effect for
Israel’s Arab sector, an Israeli Arab advocacy group said Thursday.
establishment of this station is important for our freedom of speech as a
community, our access to information, and the creation of democratic platforms,”
Jafar Farah, director of the Haifa-based Mossawa Center – The Advocacy Center for
Arab Citizens of Israel, said on Thursday.
Farah added that “the station
will also provide new jobs for young media professionals who have previously
been forced to seek employment in the West Bank and abroad.”
statement followed an announcement by the Council for Cable TV and Satellite
Broadcasting that the Hala TV group had won a bid to launch Israel’s first
The investment group behind Hala TV includes
Arabs and Jews from human rights groups, communication firms, and the welfare
and education sectors.
According to Mossawa, the investors “plan to
promote social issues and the socio-economic and cultural development of the
Arab community by investing in locally-produced content and drawing on the
expertise of civil society organizations.”