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April 17, 2005

More on the Palestinian Media

An April 16 Jerusalem Post editorial follows up on the paper's earlier piece on (lack of) freedom of press in the Palestinian Authority.

The editorial astutely notes:

Though some argue that a free press will be exploited by hate-mongers of the Hamas ilk, we should remember that the PA's government-controlled press continues to refer to suicide bombers as "martyrs," even though Mahmoud Abbas has presumably committed to ending incitement.

Without a free press, there is simply no hope for more moderate voices to come to the fore. And if the Palestinian press is truly free and continues to propagate only vicious hatred of Jews and Israel, then at least there should be no argument over whether this people is truly ready for peace with the Jewish state.

It is strange and disturbing, therefore, that the lack of Palestinian press freedom not only fails to top the Western agenda for democratic reform, but seems somewhere off the radar screen.

Posted by GI at April 17, 2005 10:48 AM