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Aug 7, 2021 Works

By Ali Akbar AlshamiA number of Arab newspapers have published the results of a survey by the Palestinian Centre for Media and Society that found that 70% of Palestinians want their news outlets to be publicly accessible.

The survey, which polled 500 respondents from the Arab newspapers, found that 88% of those surveyed said that they had experienced some form of censorship by the Israeli military in the past two years.

Most of those interviewed said they had been pressured to limit or even stop their work, including limiting their own newsroom to three journalists, limiting news releases, and changing their online presence to limit the reach of the Israeli army and Israeli security services.

The poll was conducted from November 10 to November 16, and the findings have been shared by Al Jazeera English with the following statement:The majority of the respondents have reported being told by Israeli security officials to censor or limit their media activities, including banning them from sharing or publishing their work online, banning them or their colleagues from participating in public events and activities, or barring them from speaking publicly about the situation in the occupied territories.

While a number of news outlets have tried to work with Israeli authorities to provide access to their content, including the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) and the Israeli Press Institute (IPS), those efforts have not been successful.

Al Jazeera English contacted the IBC and IPS for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

The Palestinian Centre, however, has responded to the survey and its findings by publishing an open letter on its website.

The Arab press is the only major media in the region that does not have the right to operate freely in an occupation, the centre said, calling on the international community to stop the occupation and the occupation’s brutal policies of violence and repression and for a fair, free, and just Palestinian media in Palestine.

“We call on the world to stop paying lip service to the occupation while ignoring the brutal repression that has taken place against the Palestinian people,” the centre wrote in its open letter.

The centre has asked the international media and the international press community to help it in its campaign.”

The Palestinian media has the right, and is being actively denied, to live in freedom and equality.”

The centre has asked the international media and the international press community to help it in its campaign.

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