First Journalist Survey - April 2007
By By MIFTAH's Media Monitoring Unit
May 29, 2007
Perception of Palestinian Journalists of the Performance of the Palestinian Media in the Coverage of the Palestinian–Israeli Conflict
- Al-Ayyam newspaper and Ma’an news agency receive highest grades for performance of their duties.
- Editors in-Chief decide on the form and content of the coverage.
- Preference for obtaining information from Palestinian and Israeli sources.
- The Media Monitoring Unit at the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue & Democracy ‘MIFTAH’ conducted an opinion survey on January 26-March 12, 2007 for Palestinian journalists on the performance of the Palestinian media. The survey included a sample of 102 journalists.
- The media channels that were covered by the survey were: Palestine Television (PBC), Al-Ayyam, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah and Al-Quds newspapers, Ma’an and WAFA news agencies, in addition to local media institutions and independent journalists.
On a 1 (most negative)-10 (most positive) scale:
- Palestinian journalists rated the extent to which the media is performing its task in covering the Palestinian–Israeli conflict at 6.35. Among the three local newspapers, Al-Ayyam received the highest grade (6.67), while Ma’an received a higher grade of satisfaction (6.89) than WAFA (6.13).
- The degree of satisfaction of journalists with the coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the media channels in which they work was rated at 6.84 points.
- Although journalists consider local media to be biased in favor of the Palestinian story (6.94), they prefer the media to be critical and objective (7.90).
- Journalists considered that editors in chief decide on the form and content of the media coverage, giving them 7.89 points.
- Despite the low rating given by journalists to the credibility of different sources of news, the Presidency of the PNA received the highest grade, 5.97.
- On covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, journalists prefer to get information from Palestinian and Israeli sources (7.28).
- Palestinian journalists consider the coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to reflect the position of the Presidency (6.83) more than that of the Government (5.45).
- Journalists believe that the Palestinian society needs to obtain more information about the issue of Jerusalem (8.28), although they feel that the people need to get more information on the practices of the Israeli Army (8.15).
- 77% of journalists expressed their belief that the presence of a reference including Israeli media persons with whom they would communicate, may help the media coverage of the conflict, while 79% believe that the presence of a Palestinian media reference may enhance the objectivity of the Israeli media coverage of the conflict.
- As for the means to develop and help improve the media coverage of the conflict, the most frequently mentioned were:
- Establishing independent television and radio stations, as well as an independent news agency.
- Protecting journalists in conflict and wars.
- Conducting training at the international level and journalist exchange visits with international media institutions.
- Proposed topics for expert training were:
- Modern media techniques;
- Electronic journalism;
- Investigative reporting.
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