Palestinian TV Tones Down Martial Posture (AP) By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH RAMALLAH 02/02/05 10:21 PM)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian TV has toned down its martial
posture, opting for gentler programming in line with rising hopes for
Middle Eastern peace.
Anti-Israeli attacks of Palestinian militants no longer receive
center stage and words of praise to the Palestinian leadership have
all but disappeared from broadcasts. Language long criticized by
Israel as inflammatory such as "martyrdom operations" has been toned
The head of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation said Wednesday
the new political situation in the Middle East - symbolized by a
planned summit between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Feb. 8 in Egypt - required a new approach
"We run our programs according to the political situation," said
Radwan Abu Ayash. "Now there is an atmosphere of hope and peace so
our programs have changed to accompany this atmosphere."
A senior official at the corporation attributed the changes to the
death of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Nov. 11 and
Abbas´ election to replace him.
The official, who asked not to be identified, said that after his
election Abbas met with the directors of the TV .
"He said ´I don´t want a screen full of blood, I want an open screen,
receptive of different viewpoints, I don´t want special songs in
praise of me, I don´t always want to be the first item on the news
and I don´t want you to cover everything I do, just the important
things,´" said the official, who asked not to be identified.
(Copyright 2005 Associated Press. 02/02/05)
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