- Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:40
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has published the sixth issue of its specialized media magazine, MADA El-E'lam, covering issues affecting journalists in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).
The new edition of MADA El-E'lam includes a special focus on media freedoms in the oPt and violations against journalists and media outlets.
MADA El-E'lam Editor in Chief Mousa Rimawi said the sixth issue of the magazine highlighted the 206 violations of media freedoms in Palestine during last year, the pressure on journalists not to speak out, the distribution of newspapers in the dispute between Fatah and Hamas, and the Israeli media converge of aggressions on Gaza.
Rimawi said the magazine aimed to contribute positively to media development in the oPt. This latest edition also looks at the gaps and weaknesses in local media coverage of the recent hunger strike by prisoner Khader Adnan and incident of Jaba' (5children were killed and a teacher), and contains an in-depth interview with the president adviser on information technology, Dr. Sabri Saydam. In addition, the magazine looks at the legal impact of the Penal Code on the freedom of the press and other media and takes a closer look at the Arab press in Haifa.
Rimawi added that the contribution of dozens of journalists, academics, and intellectuals was highly valued and was essential to help make the magazine a key platform for the discussion of issues of interest to journalists.
When MADA launched publication of the MADA El-E'lam magazine in June 2011, it was the first media magazine specialising in Palestinian media development.
The magazine is dedicated to media issues, with a focus on media freedoms and on media development, as well as the particular challenges faced by female journalists in Palestine.
Currently 5,000 copies of each edition are distributed to journalists, media institutions, NGOs and other interested groups in West Bank and Gaza Strip.