IPI EXAMINES DISPUTE OVER PRESS ACCREDITATION
IPI conducted the mission to help resolve a dispute that has been brewing between Israeli government agencies and the foreign press during the last two years. There are two main problems underlying the dispute, IPI says â the frequent denial of permits to foreign journalists seeking to report in the Palestinian territories and the denial of press cards to Palestinians working for foreign media in the territories.
Delegation representatives expressed their concern that the denial of permits and press cards impaired the ability of foreign television networks to cover events in the territories, adding that the erection of these barriers was unprecedented in Israel's history.
IPI plans to publish a report later this year outlining the delegation's conclusions and findings.
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- International Federation of Journalists Report "Dangers and Deadlines: Journalists' Rights on the Palestine Peace Agenda": www.ifj.org">http://www.ifj.org/publications/mission/palestinejune02.pdf">www.ifj.org
- Committee to Protect Journalists Annual Report: www.cpj.org