Main Thematic Areas

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UNESCO’s media development efforts in Palestine are guided by the findings of its Assessment of Media Development in Palestine, which includes evidence-based recommendations as expressed by national stakeholders. Published in 2014, this report constitutes the first ever comprehensive study of Palestine’s media landscape, covering both the West Bank and Gaza. The study was nationally-driven, gender-sensitive, and inclusive, with input from some 600 stakeholders. It findings and recommendations have also shaped the National Media Strategy for Palestine.

UNESCO’s action to promote free, independent and pluralistic media in Palestine has most recently focused on the three main strategic areas:

1) Contributing to policy and legislation

2) Enhancing the safety of journalists

3) Promoting youth representation in the media, and media and information literacy among users.

Alongside the activities implemented in these areas, UNESCO has also organized local celebrations of international days such as World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November); promoted the development of self-regulation and ethical guidelines in media organizations; and provided training and networking opportunities specifically targeting female journalists, who remain largely underrepresented in the Palestinian media.