Female Journalists Discriminated in Palestine

Below is  a protest letter against the discrimination of the Women Journalists in the elections of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) held on Feb. 6 2010 in Ramallah under the Intervention of Tawfiq Al-Tirawi, the former Chief of the Palestinian intelligence in the PA. The letter was signed by the Editors and Founders of Women Journalists and Conflict Magazine in the Mediterranean XIDPIC.CAT-XIPVG in Barcelona.

We, the undersigned, express our deep concern about the ignorance of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate council (PJS) to the rights of the Palestinian Journalists women to be register as members of the PJS, to run for elections under equal rights with the male journalists. We absolutely support the female journalists rights, and the demands which they stated during a demo in Gaza, and we consider the ignorance of the female journalist’s demands as a violation of their basic rights.

We see that the intervention of the Palestinian security and politicians in the PJS elections and their support only for male journalists was not justified and constitutes discrimination against women and a violation of their rights.

We demand that the PJS adopts statutes declaring the equality between female and male journalists, and that the elections are repeated on the basis of legal grounds and the affirmed equality between journalists of both genders, and without intervention from the PA politicians and security organs.

Thank you for your considerations,
Editors and the founders of Women Journalists and conflict magazine in the Mediterranean XIDPIC.CAT-XIPVG.

Tona Gusi,

Vice President of XIDPIC.CAT-XIPVG.

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