With direct supervision of Professor Elsebeth Frey, and participation of Professor Mathian Falch, from Oslo Metropolitan University, the Department of Communication and Digital Media of An-Najah National University has conducted a research experience activity on freedom of the press in the Arab world. The five-day long activity( Dec. 7-12, 2019) , entitled “ The Rig on Press Freedom” also had the participation of four staff members from the department: Professor Farid Abu Dheir( coordinator), Mr. Ayman Al-Masri, Mr. Anas Salman, and Ms. Amal Al-Qasim. Twenty seven students of both sexes have participated in this research activity. The students received training on press freedom monitoring in five Arab countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco , Egypt and Tunisia. They were also trained on how to write news stories about press freedom in these countries and communicate with key officials to collect information and comments on the stories they had chosen.
It’s worth noting that this activity, the second in Palestine, was in accordance with a joint agreement between An-Najah and Oslo universities. The first activity was conducted in Dec. 2019.
Prior to the activity, a workshop was organized in Sept. 2019 with the participation of several Norwegian colleagues. In that workshop, the students were trained on how to write news stories about different issues.
The “Rig on Press Freedom” program, funded by the Norwegian foreign ministry, has so far been implemented in Norway, Uganda, Palestine and France for the purpose of promoting press freedom in the world.
In her comment on the experience, Professor Frey said that it was an important experience for Palestine and she was happy with its outcome. She added that the students showed seriousness of work and desire for learning. She also said that the Communication and Digital Media Department colleagues were cooperative. Professor Abu Dheir , the activity coordinator, pointed out that the experience was rewarding for the students. It improved their confidence and enriched the methods of journalism teaching at An-Najah.
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