Press House - Palestine organized an open discussion meeting to present and discuss the first edition of " a Study Survey of the Reality of Academic Media Colleges, Media Institutions and Media Graduates in Gaza Strip".
The meeting was attended by the head of the government media office in Gaza Salama Maarouf, the Vice President of Journalists Syndicate Dr. Tahsin Al-Astal, the General Secretariat of the Journalists Syndicate, the heads of press groups, the heads of media departments in the Palestinian universities and a number of journalists, academics and graduates of media colleges.
The study, which was organized by Effects for Consolations and Development for Press house, highlighted the realities of journalism and media sector as they exist on reality, as well as the sensitive issues that interest the Palestinians.
During his welcoming speech, the Director General of Press House Belal Jadallah, pointed out the importance of the study to explain the need to know the reality of the Palestinian media through general statistical indicators. Adding that the reality in Gaza Strip becomes clear through the study in a scientific language that contains details, data and accurate figures with important implications, will help in improving the knowledge of specialists to diagnose the weaknesses and strength in order to work according a clear methodology based on data which creates a clear vision and independence in the media reality.
He stressed that this study needs to be deep and more detailed in order to know the reasons for compositing the elements that will be clear in the study and knowing its current and future impact. He also stressed that this version of the survey is preliminary and subject to more debate, study and modification.
Dr. Nahid Eid, the director of Effects for Consolations and Development, gave a presentation on the study's contents and its questions, its importance and objectives, the problem of the study, its methodology and the difficulties it faced. Moreover, he discussed the results in light of the Palestinian division and the Israeli occupation imposed on the reality of journalists in Gaza Strip.
In his presentation, he stressed the role of colleges and media departments in Gaza Strip universities and the required role of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.
The survey of the reality of academic media colleges, media institutions and media graduates in Gaza Strip concluded with a set of recommendations and results that were discussed in depth during the meeting to be professionally and objectively published in the final version of the study.
The meeting included discussions and questions from the audience about what the survey reviewed, demanding some modifications, stressing at the same time that it presented important issues on the reality of media and journalism in the Palestinian territories.