It’s said that truth is often the first casualty in war. And for media in the Palestinian territories–where conflict has been the norm for more than six decades– giving the public an accurate picture of the news is a huge challenge.
In Gaza, where Hamas rules, Palestinian journalists must toe the line or face consequences. In the West Bank, governed by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, reporters can face criminal charges for covering corruption or criticizing officials.
Meanwhile Israeli forces have become increasingly aggressive towards Palestinian journalists, sometimes placing them in indefinite "administrative detention" without trial.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the unique challenges for Palestinian reporters.
Joining the program:
- Abeer Ayoub, a Gaza-based freelance journalist who has reported for the Times of London and Haaretz.
- Budour Hassan, an East Jerusalem-based freelance journalist who has reported for the Electronic Intifada and al-Jazeera English.
- Sari Bashi, a former AP correspondent in Jerusalem who is now Israel/Palestine director for Human Rights Watch.