March 23, 2015
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Protect Our Journalists. | #ProtectGazaJournalists
We aim to establish a unique model of cooperation and exchange with the various sectors of civil society, on the basis of partnership and integration. We are currently headquartered in Gaza with plans to expand our reach through opening other branches. We also aspire to play a leading role in empowering independent media, freedom of expression, and the quality of Palestinian journalism.
Local journalists lack the safety equipment required to get protection during media coverage of events like wars and demonstrations. There’s a large number of media graduates every year (ranges between 700 to 900) who engage in the field work without receiving prior training or obtain the required safety equipment (flak jackets and bulletproof helmets) to protect them.
This dilemma was extremely obvious in the latest Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip in the military operation “Protective Edge” in July 2014, where tens of journalists engaged in field work and covered the war events without any type of protection, which significantly contributed to increasing the number of killed and injured journalists; where critical violations of international humanitarian law, including journalists’ rights of protection during media coverage of field events took place.
We need you to help us reach our goals which are:
1. To equip local journalists with the required safety equipment for media coverage of dangerous events.
2. To contribute in reducing the number of injured and dead journalists during offensives.
3. To enhance the capabilities of Press House in supporting journalists’ needs.
Beside these violations, Palestinian journalists have a critical problem when it comes to occupational safety; where many journalists, especially the new ones, lack the basic knowledge and awareness of occupational safety requirements as well as the needed equipment.
ournalists put their lives at risk so that the people of Gaza’s stories don’t remain unknown. Please help protect them and help them guard the truth.
12 bullet proof vests and 12 helmets will be kept at Press House office in Gaza; they will be lent to journalists who will be practicing their job in dangerous spots or during Israeli assaults. This way, many journalists will be offered the protection they need.
You might not be able to donate, but you surely can help us reach those who are.
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* this campaign belongs to Press House non-profit organization, and is run by activists and journalists who care for this cause:
– Walaa Al-Ghussein _ @WalaaGh
and an assistant team.
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Press House organization is based in Gaza – Palestine
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