Palestinian media landscape: Experiences, narratives, and agendas of journalists under restrictions

Ibrahim Hazboun*, Ifat Maoz, Menahem Blondheim

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This study aims to increase our understanding of the dynamics of the Palestinian media and the conditions and circumstances in which they work, including both the conflict with Israel and the internal political strife within Palestinian society. It is based on the use of qualitative research methods and was conducted in two stages. First, we performed a mapping of Palestinian media outlets. Data on these Palestinian media outlets were collected online from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Information website, the Gaza-based Hamas government’s Ministry of Information website, and statements published by Palestinian media outlets on their websites describing their affiliation and ownership. Second, to gain a more in-depth understanding of the dynamics and experience of practicing journalism in a situation of asymmetrical conflict, semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with 25 professional local Palestinian journalists working for local media outlets in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Through this study we aim to learn more about how groups shape and express their narratives and agendas through the media when restricted by the conditions, pressures, and limitations of asymmetrical conflict.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalCommunication Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2019

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  • Asymmetrical conflict
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Palestinian internal strife
  • journalism
  • media institutions


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