Local Television Broadcasting in the West Bank

Friday, May 04, 2012


Operating a television station in the occupied West Bank has never been an easy task, with broadcasters facing pressure from both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government. Palestinian journalist and TV producer Daoud Kuttab tells Brooke about the relatively recent establishment of local Palestinian TV stations and the difficulties they face.


Daoud Kuttab

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [7]

KCRW_Fan from Los Angeles

Thanks for an enlightening segment about the situation in Palestine. The thorough questioning of the representative of the Israeli information ministry was warranted in my opinion, especially considering his claims contradicted those of the Israeli army itself. Too often journalists do not challenge clearly suspect statements by interviewees. I commend you for taking journalism seriously.

May. 14 2012 03:18 PM
James from Boston

Ms. Gladstone's piece was an embarrassment to all who care about objectiove reporting. An inordinate amount of time was given to the personal testimony of the law-breaking (breaking the rules agreed between both Israelis and Palestinians) owner of the renegade Palestinian TV station. No comparable testimony from those impacted in Israel was provided. Gladstone only provided an interview with an Isreli government spokesperson whom she constantly berated with rude and inaccurate accusations. If Western reporters continue to enable counterproductive behavior by Palestinians, the confidence among Israelis that they have a responsible partner with whom to craft a peace agreement will be thwarted.

May. 07 2012 12:02 AM

Ah yes, more lectures about "the civilized way" from Palestinian public television.
How much money are we wasting on a Palestinian leadership that supported every enemy the United States has had from Adolf Hitler to Saddam Hussein?

May. 06 2012 08:34 PM
Doron Levin from Detroit, Michigan

Ms. Gladstone: I listen to your show and appreciate your skill and professionalism. Your condescension to the Israeli spokesman was a lapse and detracted from your otherwise fine segment. Israel, as you surely know, is a nation of laws, not men (and women), which is one aspect that distinguishes it from its neighbors. I have some sympathy for al-Watan, but an agreement as established by the Oslo Accords is an agreement that must be honored. There's lots of injustice, of course; conditions will get better as laws and agreements are refined -- in the meantime respect for law is key, whether talking about illegal settlements, illegal building or pirate broadcasters.

May. 06 2012 10:48 AM

Why isn't the story about the appalling tactics of the Palestinian Authority? They have arrested journalists as well as blocked opposition websites and curbed press freedom.Did Brooke try to interview them? Ha,fat chance of getting an interview there. Much easier to demonize the Israelis for protecting their own air rights.

May. 05 2012 11:07 AM
Flyover from NYC

Mr Roy
Perhaps true, but that's a detail in the OTM report. Israeli official claimed that was all that was taken, yet the IDF folks on the ground reported they took much more. The overarching issue is the appalling treatment of the Palestinian people.

May. 05 2012 10:53 AM
Santanu Roy from Jersey City NJ


Being so condescending to the Israeli official about why a modem should be taken - you state that modems have nothing to do with interfernce. Where did you get this idea and why is this a fact when you are not an engineer ? Modems actually have a huge impact on interference - that is one of their main functions - do encode and modulate a signal to be limied to a small frequency spectrum - so they don't interefere with other radio channels. Look it up or ask an engineer. You were wrong but told everyone that he was essentially wrong or deceptive.

Maybe on engineering stuff you need some fact checking before you make such dodgy statements !!!

Santanu Roy

May. 05 2012 08:32 AM

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