Friday : 2 / 8 / 2013

National Society for Democracy and Law organized a study day entitled ” The role of the media in empowering vulnerable groups access to justice, “in one of the resorts south of Khan Yunis, with the participation of : Mr. Ibrahim Abu Shamala-deputy manager of the rule of law and access to justice program in the United Nations Development Program, Dr.Wajih Abu Zarifa- journalist, writer and researcher,and Mr.Dawoud Al-Massri – program analyst- and Mr. Ibrahim Muammar-President of the Assembly. The meeting was in the presence of a crowd of journalists, representatives of local news agencies and a group of lawyers and community activists.

The meeting comes with in the framework of the project ” Empowering vulnerable groups legally and enhancing access to basic social services (EQUALITY),  supported and funded by the United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP.

Mr. Ibrahim Muammar opened the meeting with a welcome word where he emphasized the importance of this meeting that aimed to develop a mechanism for the joint cooperation between the institutions of civil society and the media, especially in the light of the growing importance of the media in transferring of the facts, and the urgent need to identify priorities for action in the community.

Muammar considered that case of the media in which it targets essential values and topics ​​such as justice and the rule of law makes it with more interest if the media spotlight on them, especially after the transformation of the world into a small village as a result of the scientific revolution through technological revolution that aims transfer news, follow-up events and trading information through different media.

Dr. Abu Zarifa pointing out the complementary relationship between the media and human rights, that there is a real link between the major media and human rights.

Abu Zarifa added that the role of the media in the protection of human rights is considered the basic function of journalists: no human rights without media, and no media without human rights.

For his part, Abu Shamala stressed that there is a close link between the rule of law,development and combating poverty, noting that there is an absence of civil society and the media on the issues of corruption, media has a basic role to draw attention to the neglected issues of citizens.

He clarified that the reality in the Gaza Strip indicates the presence of gaps between judicial independence and human dignity … the media must restore the summit, to consider some issues and concerns of the citizens, to improve the quality of services,public resources and control over justice. It must pay more attention for the system of human, affiliation and duties of this nation.

He also stressed that the scene needs to focus towards the development dimension, it is not required of journalists to work towards a single direction as the political one or daily events, the media must guide their pens, their cameras towards the people of the people and shed more light on their suffering.

Mr.Dawoud El-Massri in his speech, confirmed that the legal clinics along Gaza Strip contributed to strengthen the legal knowledge among vulnerable groups in the context of number of laws, in particular the personal status law, labor law and inheritance.

He added that more than 30% of legal clinics` clients know of clinic`s  existence and services through the media, referring of the great efforts made ​​to educate people about these clinics` objectives and tasks through written media campaigns and episodes of radio spots.  In addition, he indicated to the clinic`s interest to train a number of journalists and lawyers to increase their knowledge legal and media skills.
At the end of the meeting, the participants of journalists recommended of the urgent need to establish a media observatory to oversight on justice, to follow the journalists` complaints about violations to which they are exposed and how to react to them and activating the role of the new media, especially social networking in the field of its various institutions, justice and multilateral issues.