I'LAM - Arab Center for Media Freedom Development and Research
I`lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel is a non-profit NGO based in Nazareth. It was founded in 2000 by a group of Arab Palestinian journalists and academics. I`lam is the only Palestinian media NGO which seeks to strengthen the media, raise awareness and educate Palestinian society in Israel on media best practices. It also seeks to democratize media policies and practices within the local Arab and Hebrew language medias. I`lam is deeply committed to the democratization of media policies, media practices, and the media landscape in Israel.
The center focuses on promoting media rights and empowerment. Media rights refers to upholding the values of impartiality, fairness, and equity in Israeli media, in conformity with democratic values. Furthermore, we encourage Israeli media institutions and practitioners to adopt more professional, unbiased standards in their coverage of the Arab citizens of Israel. We also aim to empower Arab society, particularly Arab journalists, by promoting equal access to the Israeli media, by encouraging the free flow of information and representation at media bodies and institutions, and through the fostering of professional standards.
One of the projects in which the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung cooperates with I`lam Media Center is “Ofek: A Horizon for the Arabic Media,” a joint project with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. In this project, opinion pieces by top Arab intellectuals that have been published in leading newspapers in Arabic are selected and published in Hebrew translation on the opinion page of the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth and the popular Hebrew news portal Walla!. The project’s aim is to provide access in the popular Hebrew press to opinion pieces, thought, and polemics in Arabic and to provide a platform for Arabic writers without the mediation of commentators. The project aims to offer the Israeli reader direct access to a small part of contemporary Arab thought, including intellectual disputes and issues, most of which concern Middle Eastern societies and communities. It offers Hebrew readers a better understanding of the space in which Israel lies and the possibility of reading the words of Arab thinkers themselves, and not only what is written about them.
Read more on I´lam Media center at: http://www.ilam-center.org/en/default.aspx.