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Source: General Assembly
28 April 2011


General Assembly
PI/1978

        Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Committee on Information
Thirty-third Session
2nd & 3rd Meetings (AM & PM)

ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS NOT JUST SUPPORTIVE, BUT INTEGRAL TO CREATION OF POLICY,

PROGRAMMES AND CHANGE, INFORMATION COMMITTEE TOLD

United Nations Information Chief Asks Delegates to Convince Colleagues on Budget
Committee to Translate Expressions of Support into Provision of Required Resources

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Background

The Committee on Information met this morning to continue its general debate. (For more information, please see Press Release PI/1976 of 26 April).

Statements

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FETHI METREF (Algeria), ...

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He welcomed the dissemination of the review of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and other information relevant to developing countries, and praised the Department for its efforts to promote awareness of the situation of Palestinians and to train Palestinian journalists. Also welcome was the dissemination of efforts to defeat terrorism, as well as the information on initiatives to complete the decolonization process. He called for adequate support to the Information Centres and enhancement of their local programmes, and reiterated the priority of widely disseminating information on the importance of achieving peace and respect for human rights, and all the other objectives of the United Nations Charter.

EL HADJ MAGATTE SEYE (Senegal) ...

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He also welcomed continuance of the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine and encouraged the Department to bolster efforts to promote the inalienable rights of the Palestinians to live in a free and independent State. ...

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IHAB HAMED (Syria) ...

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... He urged the Department to reinforce the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine and related efforts, particularly in the light of the suffering of the Palestinians. Freedom of expression was a universal right, but it could not be used to insult others’ feelings, heritage of cultural beliefs. Everyone must cooperate with the Department to spread the United Nations message.

NIHAL SAAD (Egypt) supporting the statement made on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, expressed appreciation for efforts made to emphasize the role of the United Nations in the question of Palestine, sustainable development, NEPAD and other issues to which her country attached priority, as well as heightening awareness of the role of different cultures in promoting the Organization’s objectives. ...

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... In all media, she hoped for programmes of higher quality, depicting the activities of the Organization in an objective way, including those concerning efforts to end the Israeli occupation of Arab territories since 1967. ...

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HAIM WAXMAN (Israel) ...

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He remained concerned, however, about the Palestinian information programme, which he said was based upon an anti-Israel General Assembly resolution that focused on one specific conflict and offered a narrative of the region that had been biased and misleading since its inception. In that light, Israeli Government officials would continue to be obliged not to attend or participate in those seminars until a more even-handed approach was adopted. He reiterated Israel’s willingness to help formulate a more constructive and balanced approach, aimed at the promotion of peace education, tolerance, mutual understanding and the prevention of incitement. He reiterated his country’s commitment to the productive and cooperative work of the Department.

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YUSSEF KANAAN, a representative of the Permanent Observer of Mission of Palestine, commended the activities of the Department’s Palestine Section in connection with the Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine, such as the international media seminar on Middle East peace, held in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2010. He regretted that the “Question of Palestine” link on the United Nations homepage had been replaced by a “Situation in the Middle East” link when the homepage was re-designed and called on the Department to re-establish the former link. He hoped that the increased responsibility of the Palestine, Decolonization and Human Rights Section would not hinder its ability to effectively carry out issues related to the Special Information Programme and that it would receive sufficient funding and staff. Until now, the Programme’s mandate had not been fully implemented. That included the Assembly’s request for the Department to organize and promote fact-finding news missions for journalists to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, and to expand its collection of audio-visual materials on the Question of Palestine.

He stressed the importance of the Department’s annual training programme for Palestinian journalists and broadcasters. Regrettably, Israel continued to obstruct opportunities for Palestinians to progress, including in the context of the training programme. Israeli occupying forces continued to systematically and deliberately target journalists working tirelessly to convey the grim reality of Israel’s policies and practices. They attacked and arrested Palestinian and foreign journalists covering peaceful protests in Palestinian cities, particularly the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin, against Israel’s annexation wall and settlements. He called on the Committee and relevant global organizations to bolster efforts to protect Palestinian and foreign journalists and ensure they could work without censorship and the threat of military force. Israel should be held accountable for all its crimes against Palestinians, including journalists and media personnel.

Information technology and telecommunications gave the Palestinian people a chance to join the communications revolution, a main pillar of socio-economic development, he said. He called on the international community to support Palestine’s right to directly access telecommunications services and information technology and to call on Israel to immediately cease its unlawful control of the Palestinian frequency spectrum. The development of the telecommunications and information technology sector was an integral part of the Palestinian two-year State-building and institution-building plan, which was to be completed by August. The only obstacle to its full realization was the ongoing Israeli occupation.

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