Media Policy Handbook on Palestinian Prisoners


  • Media framework and content policies for covering the prisoners’ issue
  • Intensifying media coverage during frequent occasions and escalation
  • Media policies on covering prisoners’ hunger strikes
  • Employing media dimensions and giving special attention to prisoners from multiple angles
  • Covering Palestinian prisoners from the perspective of international and
    humanitarian law
  • News sourcing policies and accessing prisoner information
  • Dealing with Israeli news sources on the issue of prisoners
  • Assessing media usage of terms and expressions when covering news related to prisoners
  • Media policies regarding prisoner-related visual productions
  • Actively covering and launching campaigns in support of prisoners

Media Policy Handbook on Palestinian Prisoners

A handbook for media professionals, journalists and institutions covering Palestinians under Israeli incarceration.

Media framework and content policies for covering the prisoners’

This guide presents best practices, media frameworks and policies concerning the handling of Palestinian prisoner-related subjects.
While the majority of these policies will be highlighted separately in the following pages, the most critical are:

  • Give particular importance to the issue of Palestinian prisoners, and
    dedicate enough space for it within the public sphere through a broad
    range of media outlets and platforms. This encompasses traditional,
    digital and social media. It is also of great importance to sustainably
    promote and create media platforms that disseminate or broadcast
    prisoner-related news and cannot be blocked or removed. The plight of
    Palestinian prisoners needs to be tailored for engagement with unique
    international audiences in their own languages, while taking into
    account the culture and values of each audience, and more relevantly,
    limitations affecting global discourse, and therefore affecting the
    issue at hand.
  • Humanize the plight of prisoners and cast light on its humanitarian
    angle, necessary to build engagement, given that this is a focal point
    for the Palestinian cause highly relevant to other larger strategic
    pivots. The humanitarian reality of the issue should not take a back
    seat to numbers and statistics, or cliched symbols without accurately
    touching conditions and circumstances of prisoners. Moreover,
    covering the struggle of prisoners should remain unaffected by the
    Israeli occupation’s news blackout which seeks to suppress free speech
    and information. This requires prioritizing framing and portraying the
    suffering of the prisoner, his sacrifices, rights, feelings, environment,
    family, as well as accentuating the testimonies of ex-detainees
    considered witnesses to the human reality not visible to others. These
    witnesses are de-facto representatives and spokespersons of the
    Palestinian cause.
  • Adhere closely to methods of verification and validation when
    dealing with “news sources and information” concerning Palestinian
    prisoners, and pay attention to the accuracy of this information, and
    the importance of documenting it. This is imperative given that the
    Israeli occupation is behind the incidents of arrest and detention, and
    controls the circumstances and flow of information.
  • Cover issues of prisoners on the basis of niches, specializations and
    interests of the concerned media outlet; and present them without
    indifference or bias. These two quirks are unfortunately rampant
    within the international media community. This is effectively in
    order to establish a better and more legitimate presence for the issue
    throughout different arenas, alongside engaging in activities such
    as politics, culture, literature, art, etc. It is necessary to engage with
    diverse audiences, and speak to them in their own languages, cultures
    and affiliations. Furthermore, media outlets and figures should
    work on enabling their audiences everywhere to stay updated on
    prisoners’ conditions, maintaining a cumulative sequence of acquired
    information featuring relevant developments, regardless of the media
    blackout policy adopted by Israel.
  • Enhance and empower the role of the press and media in obtaining
    statements that shed light on Palestinian prisoners so that journalists
    and news outlets gain opportunities to question officials, public
    figures and representatives of countries and organizations about
    topics related to prisoners through requested quotes or comments,
    or receiving them as guests on television for instance to state their
    opinions and positions.
  • Confront news gags and blackouts by making full use of news resources
    and embedded details that can be uncovered about the condition
    of Palestinian prisoners, and further maximizing their utility. Of
    course, this topic encompasses a considerable amount of detail, and
    a significant number of news-worthy stories. This including details
    and stories of the detention and imprisonment of citizens, as well as
    the far-reaching extent of social damage and suffering afflicting them
    and their families during their imprisonment. The information and
    news packages used for this should make use of dynamic storytelling
    methods, engaging photos, illustrations and videos, and should not
    rely on numerical data alone while overlooking the human story. The
    human element is what catalyzes a strong public opinion in favor of
    the issue.
  • Use a set of different processes and patterns to present prisoners’
    issues, which should not be dealt with using only one media format,
    such as news reports, investigations, interviews, stories, opinion
    articles, visual materials, infographics, reportage, comics, etc. The
    most important forms of journalism used to achieve this purpose are
    explanatory reporting and solution-focused reporting that seek to find
    solutions to the problems faced by prisoners and their families, and
    investigative and documentary reporting (storytelling) to probe and
    reveal facts, details and dimensions which the Israeli occupation tries
    to hide and block in order to ensure continued secrecy of violations
    committed against prisoners. Overall, these patterns and methods are
    important to engage media and public opinion with the issue.
  • Handle the issue of prisoners indirectly, when there is a need to. There
    should be diversified ways for the media to address the issue either
    explicitly or implicitly, and this can be achieved through, for example,
    impliedly merging the issue into a news items and media activities,
    even though they are not directly connected to the issue of the
    prisoners; as with production in literature, movies, art and novels, and
    also by means of shedding light on “prison literature.” This includes
    introducing the literary works and artistic achievements of prisoners,
    or narrating their stories; all of which will contribute to engaging
    untapped audiences and effectively highlighting the humanitarian
    dimension and symbolism of the prisoners’ presence and identities.
  • Pay attention to the context of the issue, and include relevant
    background information on events, developments and matters
    pertinent to the issue to help the target audience better understand
    and relate to their circumstances and dimensions. It is also essential
    to look at detention incidents and conditions surrounding them for
    context. Note that it is customary for the Israeli occupation state to
    portray large-scale arrest campaigns against Palestinians as reactions
    to resistance operations, while ignoring the fact that resistance is a
    natural outgrowth to the occupation, its aggression and brutality.
  • Avoid the typical media approach to handling the issue, instead taking
    a fresh angle by presenting the emotional details of detention cases.
    This is all the more relevant given that audiences, media professionals
    and journalists have become habituated to news about arrests and
    prisoners, which divert attention from specifics or details that could
    be interesting to audiences in other environments. Accordingly,
    we need to understand and diagnose anew the question of the
    Palestinian prisoners and break its details down into a series of topics
    that can be brought up, focused on and approached from different
    angles—journalistically, politically, legally and publicly. To achieve
    this, it is necessary to break the monotony of news content, breaking
    established patterns in a way that prisoners’ issues can no longer be
    reduced to the normal pattern of coverage and routine follow-ups.
    This extends to producing news content from varied angles and across
    miscellaneous and state-of-the-art media forms. Another important
    point for the media is to not lose track of cumulative news about
    prisoners’ issues or submit to manifestations of seasonal interest in
    detainees’ affairs.
  • Strike a balance when covering issues of detained Israeli soldiers
    versus the question of Palestinian prisoners, given that the thousands
    of Palestinians held in Israeli jails may not attract the same attention
    as one Israeli soldier detained by the Palestinian resistance. There
    is therefore, a need to draw a link between the cause of Palestinian
    prisoners’ suffering and that of Israeli soldiers, while publishing
    stories about the extent of their suffering, created by the latter and
    inclusive of those captured by the resistance, when they bomb and
    kill innocents.

Intensifying media coverage during frequent occasions and escalation seasons

  • Effective media coverage of the issue of the Palestinian prisoners entails having a posture of anticipatory readiness for typical seasons of escalation, and keeping abreast of the latest developments in this regard. This should be reflected in the area of coverage and editorial priorities given for reporting relevant news items.
  • It is important to approach detainees’ affairs in a manner taking into
    account the circumstances and developments of the Palestinian arena,
    such as protest steps, strikes, the nature of escalation seasons, as well
    as periodic and aperiodic occasions, and to further pay attention to
    humanitarian and social aspects during special days and seasons
    where there is intensified global media focus on the issue. An example
    of this would include adopting the Palestinian Prisoners Day, which
    is observed on April 17, as an annual occasion to highlight the issue,
    and bringing up elements with a focus on detained women, wives and
    mothers on the occasion of International Women›s Day, in addition to
    captive children and their families on the occasion of Children›s Day.
  • Renew media attention on the issue following developments and
    escalation by ensuring the issue is relevant and alive in media after,
    for instance, a mass hunger strike held by prisoners comes to a
    halt. It is also important to provide coverage on public engagement
    with the issue for it to gain renewed momentum, and avoid apathy.
    Following a decline in the level of pro-prisoner events, journalists
    and media professionals may also embark on shedding light on
    pertinent stories, details or files. To put it even more clearly, when
    focusing on covering facts and the development of events related
    to prisoners during their occurrence, the priority of media coverage,
    after these events subside, should be geared towards relevant
    angles, backgrounds, details and stories.
  • It is necessary to maintain a constant media focus on the issue of
    prisoners by renewing and diversifying media and news patterns
    used in coverage for the purpose of suspense, and meeting target
    audience needs of knowing what takes place behind Israel’s news
    blackout veil and prison walls. Moreover, it is necessary to continue
    to elicit interest and public opinion on the issue.
  • Prisoner swap deals are significant opportunities to bring to the
    spotlight issues of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. Alongside
    previous notes, this can be achieved by focusing on the fact that
    any exchange deal with the Israeli occupation represents a national
    achievement for the Palestinian people made by the Palestinian
    resistance. Thus, there is a need to present prisoners released in
    these deals as national icons, producing stories about their struggles,
    human experiences, resilience and fortitude. It is imperative to
    further link Palestinian swap deals with similar narratives around
    the world that achieved rights for occupied peoples.

Media policies on covering prisoners’ hunger strikes

  • Given that hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners are accorded priority,
    they require a tailored media strategy. It is in the interest of Israeli
    media to utilize “the Palestinian captive movement”, manipulate the
    prisoners’ families, and spread rumors and fake news to weaken popular
    solidarity outside jails. This must be set in the context of developments
    concerning, for instance, the well-being and health of some hunger
    striker, or certain circumstances leading to the martyrdom of a
    detainee. It is crucial to consider the following points when covering
    hunger strikes in Israeli jails:
  • Taking escalatory steps in solidarity with prisoners and drawing global
    attention to their issue and their plight as a result of Israeli violations.
  • Underlining goals of captives’ hunger strikes and drawing a comparison
    between their demands and rights, as enshrined in international law.
  • Discussing the different forms of violations against Palestinian prisoners
    in Israeli jails and reasons that might prompt them to go on hunger
    strikes, such as sudden night raids on cells, and solitary confinement or
    deprivation of visitation rights.
  • It is important to confront and counter the misleading propaganda
    messages which Israeli sources spread with the express purpose
    undermining the morale of prisoners, their families or to influence
    solidarity events and the campaigns organized to support them.
  • Discussing and disseminating the history of hunger strikes staged by
    the Palestinian captive movement, drawing a comparison between
    them and other international hunger strikes, and highlighting them
    as a means of struggle against the occupation and as a right for the
    Palestinian prisoners.

Employing media dimensions and giving special attention to prisoners from multiple angles

The issue of the prisoners is multifaceted, and hardly monolithic.
Prisoners hail from different ages and occupational groups, and originate from different areas throughout the occupied Palestinian land. For this reason, nuances are essential when presenting the multiple media dimensions of the issue. It is important to take them into consideration during news coverage. The following examples underscore these dimensions:

  • The exposure of children and minors to arrest and imprisonment by the Israeli occupational state, which enacts laws to justify such practice.
  • The detention of Palestinian lawmakers who were elected democratically by means of the ballot box.
  • The arrest campaigns in Occupied Jerusalem and the special status of the Jerusalemite prisoners, who are exposed, along with their families, to considerable pressures and attempts to displace them from their city.
  • The detention and imprisonment of mothers with their young children in Israeli jails, and the case of pregnant women finding themselves forced to give birth to their newborn babies in detention under harsh conditions of incarceration.
  • The policy of medical neglect adhered to by the Israeli occupation
    against Palestinian prisoners, and the Israeli medical system’s role as party to this policy, including doctors and nurses.
  • The detention of scientists, academics and scholars, and the
    importance of highlighting their suffering during their presence in
    captivity and after their release.
  • The detention of the elderly and ailing patients and their suffering
    inside prisons, where they are deprived of basic services and needs.
  • The administrative detention of citizens with no trail or indictment.
  • The torture of detainees in Israeli jails and the impact of their exposure to physical abuse.

Covering Palestinian prisoners from the perspective of international and humanitarian law

  • The measures taken by the Israeli occupation authority with regards to the detention and sentencing of Palestinians violates the provisions of the international humanitarian law, which includes several international agreements and declarations, most notably the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the four 1949 Geneva Conventions and many others.
  • Detainees in Israeli jails are deemed “prisoners of war” from the
    perspective of international law, and the occupation has been striving
    for many years to have them designated as “security prisoners” in order to evade its responsibilities and obligations [as an occupying power] towards them and to block international efforts to classify its violations against the prisoners as war crimes.
  • Here, it is worthy to note that Palestinian prisoners’ most prominent
    legal and humanitarian rights, which should be given special attention to by media outlets interested in covering the issue, and Israeli-
    violated rights are as follows:

The right to human dignity and freedom.

The right to protection against torture.

The prisoners’ right to a defense, receive legal aid and counsel from lawyers and be informed of any charges leveled against them.

The right to a fair trial and standing  before a legally-formed court of law.

The right to serve prison sentences in occupied territories and not inside Israel.

The right to a healthy diet.

The right to communicate with the outside world.

The right to pursue university and a high school education.

The right to receive new garments twice a year.

The right to receive appropriate medical treatment and regular checkups.

The right to go on hunger strike to pressure for demands.

The right to receive regular visits twice a month.

The right to meet with members of the family if they are detained in the same place.

The right to prepare food.

The right to safety and privacy.

The right to practice religious rituals and play sports in places allocated for these purposes.

The right to be released after completing their terms of imprisonment.

The right to obtain freedom as part of any agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.

The right to return home and not be exiled after release.

The right to have access to financial needs and allocations.

The right to keep personal belongings without confiscation.

The right to not be exposed to raids on their cells, physical assaults or tear gas.

The right to not be exposed to strip searches.

The detained martyrs’ right to be returned to their families to receive proper burials according to their religions and traditions.

The right not to be locked up or isolated with criminals.

The right to spend some time every day in prison yards to get fresh air.

The right to human dignity and freedom.      The right to prepare food.
The right to protection against torture.        The right to safety and privacy.
  • The prisoners’ right to a defense, receive legal aid and counsel from
    lawyers and be informed of any charges leveled against them.
  • The right to practice religious rituals and play sports in places
    allocated for these purposes.
قرارات مجلس الأمن
·         القرار رقم 242 لسنة 1967: يدعو إلى انسحاب قوات الاحتلال  من الأراضي التي احتلتها في العام 1967, ويؤكد على عدم جواز الاستيلاء على الأراضي بالحرب.·         القرار رقم 446 لسنة 1979: أكد على عدم شرعية سياسة الاستيطان في الأراضي العربية المحتلة بما فيها القدس.

·         القرار رقم 452 لسنة 1979: يدعو فيه مجلس الأمن سلطات الاحتلال إلى وقف الأنشطة الاستيطانية في الأراضي التي احتلتها في العام 1967 بما فيها القدس.

·         القرار رقم 465 لسنة 1980 : يطالب فيه دولة الاحتلال بوقف الاستيطان، والامتناع عن بناء مستوطنات جديدة، وتفكيك المقامة.

·         القرار رقم 478 لسنة 1980: دعا إلى عدم الاعتراف بـما يسميه الاحتلال “القانون الأساسي”، وهو قرار ضم القدس واعتبارها عاصمة لكيان الاحتلال.

·         القرار 2334 في 23 ديسمبر 2016: قرر إدانة المستوطنات الإسرائيلية، وأن الإجراءات الإسرائيلية تخالف القوانين الدولية الإنسانية وتلك الإجراءات تهدف إلى تغيير التركيبة الديمغرافية ووضع الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة.

قرارات الأمم المتحدة
·         4 تموز 1967: دعوة لاحترام حقوق الإنسان في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة وإلزام الاحتلال بضمان سلامة سكان تلك المناطق وأمنهم.·         20 كانون الأول 1971: مطالبة دولة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بإلغاء جميع إجراءات ضم أو استيطان الأراضي المحتلة.

·         23 تشرين الثاني 2015: طالبت الأغلبية الساحقة من الدول الأعضاء في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة دولة الاحتلال بإنهاء احتلالها للأراضي الفلسطينية، وأكد القرار أهمية إنهاء الاحتلال الإسرائيلي للأراضي الفلسطينية منذ 1967، وحق الشعب الفلسطيني في تقرير مصيره.

·         20 كانون الأول 2017: صدر قرار يؤكد حق الفلسطينيين في استغلال مواردهم الطبيعية.

مجلس حقوق الانسان
·         قرر مسترشدا بحق تقرير المصير للشعب الفلسطيني وبعدم جواز الاستيلاء على الأراضي الفلسطينية عن طريق استخدام القوة، على النحو المنصوص عليه في ميثاق الأمم المتحدة، وبقرارات الأمم المتحدة ذات الصلة دعا “اسرائيل” لإنهاء احتلالها لجميع الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة منذ عام 1967، وإلى تحرك دولي لوضع حد فوري للانتهاكات الجسيمة التي ترتكبها في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، وإلى توفير الحماية الدولية الفورية للشعب الفلسطيني في الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة امتثالا للقانون الدولي لحقوق الإنسان والقانون الإنساني الدولي.

News sourcing policies and accessing prisoner information

Media should rely primarily on a broad range of trustworthy, in-depth and wide-ranging sources with assorted ways and means of approaching and covering the issue of prisoners. Here, we present several determining factors on how to select news sources and resources, in this regard:

  • Relying as much as possible on live Palestinian field sources of
    information, attempting to have direct contact with primary sources,
    such as prisoners’ lawyers, their families and defense committees,
    closely monitoring events, facts, trials, and discharges from prisons
    and detention centers, and conducting on-site reporting.
  • Obtaining information on detainees’ affairs from the
    competent Palestinian authorities, public bodies and
    commissions, rights and civil societies active in the
    Palestinian arena, and other relevant institutions affiliated
    with Palestinian factions, while paying attention to their
    respective reputations in terms of credibility, reliability,
    quality and competence.
  • Trying to not be confined information from solely from international
    news sources and major traditional news agencies about abductions,
    interrogations, trials, detentions, etc.
  • Adopting information on prisoners’ issues from international bodies,
    organizations and committees, providing they work independently and
    are free from any directed political influence affecting their work. This
    is in addition to potentially taking relevant information from periodic
    international meetings convened, for instance, by the Geneva-based
    UN Human Rights Council.
  • Relying on information from specialized media outlets, known for their
    professional integrity and competence, and their belief in the justice
    of the Palestinian cause and rights, as well as credible sources from
    noted social media pages, provided that fact-checking, verification
    and validation methods are applied when dealing with information
    from these pages.
  • Other reliable sources include experts, specialists and researchers
    interested and versed in the issue of the prisoners, and known for
    conducting relevant research studies, writing books and giving special
    statements on the issue, etc. Former prisoners are also a main source
    of information in this regard, and some of them are considered
    specialists in detainees’ affairs.
  • Keeping abreast of the latest events, developments, activities, and civil
    as well as public and media efforts made by advocates of the Palestinian
    prisoners’ rights. This includes other supporters both within Palestine
    and abroad, as well as supportive statements, reports, petitions that
    have been issued, and campaigns organized in this regard.

Dealing with Israeli news sources on the issue of prisoners

This guide proposes a set of media policies adding insight and context to global media discourse and content that reflects the reality of Palestinian lives under the yoke of Israel’s aggression and wars. These policies are as follows:

  • Israeli occupation forces release periodic reports on their campaigns,
    raids on homes and arrests in Palestinian cities, villages, towns and
    neighborhoods; establishing themselves as a source of information
    for the media on daily arrests and incidents. However, names and
    numbers originating from such reports should be verified, and
    corroborated with other sources. As noted previously, it is important
    to diversify news sources, and avoid relying on information coming
    from Israeli media.
  • It is necessary to not surrender to the use of only what is published by
    the Israeli occupation on Palestinian prisoners and detainees, or take
    its news reports for granted and circulate them or part of them without
    taking procedures to verify them, translate relevant information from
    other Hebrew sources, or fact check the Israeli version and narration
    of events, as well as the terminology it uses to describe them. Keen
    news editorial policies are a must to rid coverage from expressions
    and descriptions reflecting Israeli claims.
  • Periodically, the Israeli occupation authority and its media outlets
    release news reports that sometimes include claims about conducting
    interrogations with prisoners or certain investigations about them.
    Dealing with such reports requires awareness of the fact that they
    cannot be reliable sources and may contain misleading and unseen
    segments. Therefore, any republication of information mentioned in
    such reports needs extensive editorial review.
  • When thinking about quoting remarks or texts from Israeli news
    sources, some terminologies need to be replaced through direct
    translation or editing. For instance, instead of using ‘Israeli defense
    forces’ (IDF), journalists should use Israeli occupation forces (IOF), or
    add descriptive information in parentheses to avoid normalizing the
    use of these expressions and terms. However, it is advisable to convey
    the general meaning of any text and avoid verbatim quotation.

Assessing media usage of terms and expressions when covering news related to prisoners

  • News items regarding the issue of Palestinian prisoners should not contain misleading and offensive terms and expressions— often fabricated by the Israeli occupation state and its propaganda machine—but rather alternative words and phrases supporting the issue. For example, phrases such as ‘terror act’, ‘terror groups’, ‘security prisoner’, and ‘civil administration’ should be replaced, respectively, by: ‘resistance operation’, ‘resistance factions’, ‘detainee’, and the
    ‘occupation authority’ or the ‘occupation army’.
  • Journalists and media professionals should also avoid using terminology
    and expressions that would normalize the general sentiment towards
    Israel as an occupying power, such as ‘defense forces’, ‘police forces’,
    ‘arrest’, and ‘prisoners’, rather using accurate alternatives such as
    ‘occupation forces’, ‘occupation police’, ‘kidnapping’ or ‘detaining’,
    and ‘prisoners of war’ or ‘detainees’.
  • It is important to avoid the use of Israeli fabricated names for
    Palestinian areas and sites, and if necessary, the original names of
    places can be placed next to the Israeli ones. Some examples are
    Judea and Samaria (West Bank), Samaria (North of the West Bank),
    and security wall (separation, segregation or apartheid wall).
  • Media outlets can play an important role, when covering prisoner-
    related news, in finding suitable alternatives for inappropriate Israeliwords, phrases and expressions and further cementing their use.
    These alternatives can also be used as supplementary or explanatory
    information, as in the case of ‘administrative detention’ (imprisonment
    with no trial or indictment).

Media policies regarding prisoner-related visual productions

The scarcity of visual material is one of the most prominent difficulties facing the media when covering and reporting news about prisoners and detainees, and this is mainly due to the news blackout imposed by the Israeli occupation authority on incarceration conditions of prisoners and the severe restrictions on taking photographs of prisoners in jails. Therefore, several points should be considered when dealing with visual items. These include:

  • It is necessary to seek professional help to create visual productions
    in support of prisoners, especially short films, documentaries, and
    comic books.
  • Media should be keen on verifying the authenticity of pictures and
    footage circulated by Israeli occupation for prisoners and hunger
    strikers in its jails, and ensuring they are not fake before using them,
    and further not adhering to the context surrounding those visual
    packages. It is also important to pay attention to the credibility of
    images and videos posted on social media pages, in accordance with
    the standards of digital verification.
  • Media should carefully choose pictures and footage that accurately and
    honestly reflect the situation and suffering of Palestinian prisoners in
    Israeli jails, ranging from violations and harsh conditions in captivity,
    while appending explanatory notes or information to these visuals,
    and further consulting ex-detainees about their authenticity.
  • It is necessary to search for and make use of creative art to highlight
    conditions of incarceration in Israeli jails to overcome the scarcity
    of prisoner-related visual items. It is also advisable to make use of
    drawings and paintings that can be found in libraries of a number of
    Palestinian prisoner rights institutions.
  • Infographics, which are graphic visual representations of information,
    are important tools that can be used to easily and clearly present
    facts as well as documentary and statistical data on the issue of
    the Palestinian prisoners. It is important to strike a balance, when
    using infographics, by focusing on the humanitarian and emotional
    aspects of the issue, in order to avoid reducing prisoners to statistics,
    by including personal stories and symbolic dimensions, and further
    embedding faces, names and illustrated content.

Actively covering and launching campaigns in support of prisoners

Concerned journalists and media outlets should pay attention to and focus on covering media campaigns that advocate the issue of Palestinian prisoners. The following are some ideas on achieving this:

  • Deciding on certain days and hours to launch live TV coverage
    on the issue by means of different satellite channels, especially
    during relevant developments and seasons, and further exchanging
    information and material related to the issue of prisoners between
    producers, concerned parties and media outlets.
  • Displaying social media hashtags on TV screens and via new media
    outlets related to pro-prisoner events, seasons and campaigns.
  • Providing a spatial and temporal space on a TV or website to display
    advertisements in support of prisoners, as a voluntary contribution by
    the media outlet.
  • The participation of journalists and active media figures in pro-prisoner
    campaigns and events through social media, and rebroadcasting
    relevant programs.
  • Working on establishing media support services and multiple
    partnerships between different media outlets, civil society
    organizations and Palestinian parties to support the issue of prisoners.
  • Providing rights activists and ex-detainees with the opportunity to
    receive training and qualify themselves in media so as to enable them
    to play a role in supporting the issue of prisoners.
  • Promoting specialized training for journalists and media professionals
    in the field of detainees’ affairs, and hosting concerned parties,
    training activities and workshops.
  • Creating professional and oriented cooperation, and exchanging
    information and material on the issue of prisoners with Palestinian
    media outlets in general and those interested in detainees’ affairs in