The second International Palestinian Conference for Media and Communications begins today in Istanbul, Turkey.
The two-day event, is hosted by the Palestine Media Forum in partnership with Middle East Monitor (MEMO), and aims to discuss the most successful methods through which a fair representation of the Palestinian cause can be gathered.
World-renowned media professionals including writers, heads of newspapers, radio and television journalists, artists and directors as well as intellectuals and international academics will engage in discussion and dialogue, in the form of workshops, courses, seminars and panel discussions.
Dr Daud Abdullah, director of MEMO, said, “The forum offers an opportunity to appraise the performance and state of media coverage of Palestine on the one hand, whilst also providing an opportunity to interact with and benefit from the experiences of practitioners from various parts of the world.”
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He further said, “Finally, it is a platform to forge international relationships within the media fraternity.”
Palestinians from the West Bank and the diaspora are to attend the event including the mother of Mohamed Abu Khdeir. Mohamed who was kidnapped and burnt alive by settlers in occupied East Jerusalem in 2014.
“It is a rare opportunity to have over 50 countries and over 500 media personnel work together for Palestine, share their passion in the hope of advancing their work and learning from each other’s experience,” Al Jazeera’s Rawan Damen explained.
Younis Abu Jarad, a member of Al-Aqsa TV said, “We want to unite the media organisations to give a true image of the Palestinian situation and the sacrifices Palestinians make for their cause.”
Palestine Chronicle Chief Editor, Ramzy Baroud, is among the leading intellectuals and historians and media specialist present at the conference.