The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms â€śMADAâ€ť has issued a study on womenâ€™s press and freedom of opinion and expression in Palestine.
The study was intendedÂ to shed light on womenâ€™s press from competent institutions devoted to womenâ€™s issues and rights in Palestine, as well as their contributions in promoting freedom of expression and the obstacles encountered, through providing an in-depth illustrationÂ on how to address womenâ€™s issues by a group of competent media organizations.
The study was prepared by two researchers, Walid Moussa and Bassam Awartani — the thirteenth in a series of studies released by â€śMADAâ€ť center, in order to help address issues and highlight cases, and to promote freedom of expression and the development of media in Palestine.
The research included data collected byÂ the newspaper â€śSawt Al Nisaaâ€™/Voice of Womenâ€ť, issued by the Forum of Womenâ€™s (a civil organization), and the Radio â€śWomen FMâ€ť (non-profit company), and the radio â€śSawt Al Nidaaâ€™/Voice of Womenâ€ť in Gaza (private company).
The study concluded that womenâ€™s press has become more capable of raising issues on womenâ€™s rights and barriers, and that this is an indicator of widening spaces of freedoms and tackling women issues in media. The study also recorded certain weaknesses in media, particularly in surveys, electronic media and the poor use of advanced technologies with regard toÂ presenting media content in ways that ensure widespread publication — as opposed toÂ self-censorship in journalism and media workersÂ —Â and, above all, the dominance of political discourse.
The study was issued with support by the â€śOpen Society institutionsâ€ť, with a recommendation to enhance coordination between womenâ€™s press institutions. The aim, according to the PNN, isÂ to build an integrated media strategy and to encourage investigative journalism, with a focus on raising important issues such as the economic empowerment of women over political, and striving to develop a periodic evaluation regarding the impact of specialist media pertaining to womenâ€™s programs, through field surveys, in addition to providingÂ comprehensive help in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the most influential aspects of society and the public.
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