Amira Hass: journalists’ role to ‘monitor centres of power’

8 May

VIDEO: Amira Hass warns of daily ‘bureaucratic violence’ against Palestine

Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata interviews Amira Hass and reports on her AUT seminar at AUT, Auckland on Wednesday. Image: PMC. Thurs 7 May 2015

The common imagery of Israeli airstrikes, destruction of property and the loss of human life is how international audiences see the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.

But Israeli journalist and author Amira Hass says the issue also needs to be covered when violence is not happening.

This is so audiences can “understand that there is an ongoing violence on the part of the Israeli occupation that does not necessarily have to be quantities of blood”.

Palestinians faced bureaucratic violence as part of their daily lives.

Hass spoke at a seminar at the Auckland University of Technology last night about her experiences and “dilemmas as a ‘non-objective’ journalist” in reporting the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

She said the first role of journalists was to “monitor the centres of power”.

“Our main target is to monitor power to see what it does to people – usually it is a lot of harm.”

Reporter/editor: Alistar Kata, contributing editor of the Pacific Media Centre’s Pacific Media Watch project.



AMIRA HASS talks with Wallace Chapman on the RNZ Sunday Morning programme on National Radio this Sunday 10 May.
Don’t miss it live and if you do check out the podcast etc on their website

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One Response to “Amira Hass: journalists’ role to ‘monitor centres of power’”

  1. Alfredo Giannantonio May 11, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Thanks very, very much for posting this

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