Palestine inks Declaration on Media Freedom in Arab world supported by EU project MedMedia
August 12, 2016
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the first Arab leader to sign the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World at a meeting in Ramallah with representatives from the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC). The Declaration is the result of a 20-month process of consultation across the region for the development of a Special Mechanism for Media Freedom in the Arab World, an initiative supported by the EU-funded MedMedia programme.
The Declaration – a clear commitment to the principles of media freedom, independent journalism and the right to information – was adopted on World Press Freedom Day 2016, during an event held in Casablanca, with the support of the EU-funded MedMedia programme, the UNESCO, the government of Norway, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and Union to Union.
Representatives of more than 500 Palestinian media, human rights and civil society organisations, ministers and political parties also signed the declaration during a ceremony organised by the IFJ and the PJS, on August 1st, decreed Press Freedom Day in Palestine.
The EU-funded MedMedia project aims to create an enabling environment for media reforms in the Southern Mediterranean region. It is part of the €17 million EU programme “Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean” which aims at supporting the media and culture reform processes in the region.
MedMedia focuses on media legislation, regulation, programming, strategy and leadership with a view to helping state media fulfil their public service mandate and compete with the commercial sector. It will also work to build public trust by strengthening the media’s role as an independent watchdog and a forum for democratic debate. (EU Neighbourhood Info)