MADA concludes a training course on self-censorship of journalists and its impact on freedoms

MADA concludes a training course on self-censorship of journalists and its impact on freedoms
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Donia Al Watan
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (Mada) concluded a 2-day training on self-censorship for journalists and media students in the northern West Bank (Nablus, Tulkarm and Jenin).

The training course in Nablus tackled various aspects of the topic of self-censorship practiced by the journalist, the local and international laws and regulations and how the journalist can protect herself held accountable for publishing any kind of information.

Trainer, Majid Arouri, a specialist in the field of media and rights addressed issues pertaining to freedom of opinion and expression and the laws that regulate such freedom, the various laws and Palestinian constitution regulating this right, laws of publication- within the context as Palestine has endorsed many international conventions and treaties that call upon respect of the right of freedom of expression and a journalist’s right to convey what she sees appropriate information, be it through media outlets or the various social networks. 

The coordinator of the “self-censorship” project, Sharif Haj Ali, opened the session by presenting the activities carried out by MADA and its programs aiming at promoting freedom of expression and the development of the Palestinian media. He pointed to the importance of this training course which will deepen the journalists' knowledge of their rights according to the laws, having a better understanding of what self-censorship means given the many factors that affect their work.

The training included several sessions on the concept and types of self-censorship, the consequences of its practice, and the role of the professional media in monitoring the work of governments and the management of public affairs, and the basic legal terms in domestic legislation and international covenants.
This workshop is part a project funded by the European Endowment for Democracy and is part of a series of activities implemented by the MADA Center to raise awareness and knowledge of self-censorship.

 A total of 15 journalists attended the training and expressed by the end of it the importance of such training and the need to introduce journalists in Palestine to this subject matter. They called for more similar courses to strengthen their capacities in this field.

Certificates were distributed to participants at the end of the training, which is one of a series of trainings organized by MADA Center within this project.