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October 14, 1994 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-14

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ou don't have to be young

to work for the Voice of
Palestine, but it certainly
helps — especially as the
44 staff members of the nascent
radio station have yet to receive
any salaries and depend on their
families to keep them going.
Fortunately, the Voice of Pales-
tine, which has been on the air
since July 2, has a young staff
and the atmosphere of a youth
movement. "We're a key tool in
nation-building, and we do what
we have to," says sound engineer
Mamoun Matar. "For the first
few weeks, we even slept on the
roof. Now we've found other ac-
commodations nearby, but even
there we sleep five to a room."
Conditions in the station itself,
a cramped two-story build-
ing at the far edge of Jericho, are
not much better. The mem-
bers of the administrative staff
sit four to a room and play
"musical desks" as conditions re-
quire. Seven of the 14 "news
gatherers" squeeze into a small
room upstairs, monitoring radios
or poring over newspapers to pre-
pare the four-minute bul-
letins and the two daily news
summaries, each 15 to 20 min-
utes, which they write out by
The station is not hooked up to
any wire services yet, so except
for material from correspondents
in Gaza and the West Bank (as
well as Egypt, Jordan and Ger-
many, for starters), other media
are the main source of informa-
"Our listeners are interested
mainly in what's happening in
Palestine," says Mr. Matar. "Af-
ter all, they've never received ob-
jective reporting of their own
affairs before. Till now, the air-
waves have been dominated by
Set up overnight with equip-
ment donated by the European
Community, the Voice of Pales-
tine broadcasts 10 to 12 hours a
day on a frequency that used to
serve the Voice of Israel's Arabic-
language programs.
Beginning at 6:30 a.m. with
the national anthem and a read-
ing from the Koran, the broad-
casts reach every corner of the
West Bank and Gaza with a mix-
ture of news and music.
"We started entirely from
scratch and are building up slow-
ly," says Shireen Abu Akleh, one
of the broadcasters, who was

trained by German experts in a
special course given in Jerusalem.
The station has ample compe-
tition from Egypt, Jordan and
Syria, which can be picked up
clearly in various parts of Gaza
and the West Bank. As a result,
the Voice of Palestine is keenly
aware that it must prove itself
against far more experienced or-
"Above all, we must establish
our credibility," says All Rayyan,
the deputy director of the still-
gestating Palestinian Television,

"Each time I open
with 'This is the
Voice of Palestine,'
I feel a tingle."

Shireen Abu Akleh

one of the few "newcomers" who
worked for the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization's Information
Department in Tunis. "All the
countries around us have a line
of their own," he explains. "We're
determined to provide objective
reporting, for we must prove to
our people that we're open to all
viewpoints and free of pressure
from religious and political
groups — in short, that we are
democratic media."
Freedom of the press, includ-
ing the airwaves, has been a
sensitive issue ever since the
Palestinian administration forced
the closure of the independent a-
Nahar, one of the two Arabic-lan-
guage dailies published in East
Jerusalem, on the grounds that
it was "pro-Jordanian" and thus
hostile to the Palestinian national
cause. When the story broke, the
Voice of Palestine, a state-run sta-
tion, found itself walking a thin
line. 'We reported the news
about the closure, but we didn't
broadcast any interviews on the
surrounding controversy, and we
certainly didn't take a stand on
the matter — though the staff
here has very definite views
about press freedom," says Mr.
Rayyan. "When hiring people, we
don't ask about their political
leanings, only about their quali-
fications and experience. And
above all," he adds pointedly, "no
one censors the news or any oth-
er programs here, as they do in
the Israeli stations."

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