Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh commended today the role the Palestinian official media – the Palestinian Radio and Television Broadcast Corporation (PBC), the Palestinian News and Information Agency, WAFA, and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper – play in projecting to the world the Palestinian narrative and side of the story in the conflict with Israel and in defending Palestinian rights and cause.
This came during a visit the Prime Minister made to the PBC headquarters in Ramallah, where he was received by the General Supervisor of the Official Media Ahmad Assaf, directors of departments and staff.
“We are proud of everything this staff is doing, the good governance by the General Supervisor of this institution, the officials of the radio and television in the various departments, and all the staff who are working very hard, as there are more than 700 employees in this building and in the other buildings,” said Shtayyeh. “We have here is an army, a dedicated media army leading this institution.”
He added: “What characterizes this institution are the correspondents in all provinces, which means that the issues of concern of the Palestinian people are conveyed to the official, and the official’s responses are in turn convened to the people.”
He continued: “We commend the spirit of harmony and communication through the Palestinian media institution, as it is the first time I see the size of effort put to produce the story, and the size of effort behind the news and the various programs, whether in WAFA or on radio and television.”
Shtayyeh stressed that he was pleased with the development in the official media and its cooperation with the Arab media, stressing that the government will do all it can to keep the PBC in the forefront of Palestinian institutions.
“Part of our cause is a media issue,” said the Prime Minister. “When the Palestinian narrative reaches the world, it helps a lot in the political struggle and the diplomatic effort of the Palestinian leadership.”
He concluded by saying that “the radio and television are the window for the Palestinian diaspora on Palestine, and the window of Palestine on the diaspora. There are correspondents in more than 13 Arab and world countries who accompany us in our tours as well as accompany the President on his tours. I follow all programs, whether on radio or television.”