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22/08/2016
The FPA opposes Hamas restrictions on journalists
16/06/2016
Upcoming events: The FPA will host the CIS, Commanders for Israel's Security, on June 28th. FPA members only, registration by email.
05/06/2016
The FPA wishes our Moslem members, friends and colleagues Ramadan Mubarak with peace, harmony and joy.
23/05/2016
The FPA protests demand for body search of respected photojournalist by Prime Minister's security detail this morning.
19/05/2016
The FPA calls on Hamas to allow unfettered access in and out of Gaza.
09/03/2016
Hamas demanding exorbitant licensing fees for foreign media armoured cars in Gaza.
08/03/2016
Congratulations to FPA members on their newest publications
16/02/2016
The FPA strongly protests the detention of Washington Post correspondent William Booth at the Damascus Gate today
08/02/2016
The FPA responds to an invite by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence subcommittee hearing on media bias
30/10/2015
Israeli border police officers physically assaulted several members of the international press, as they attempted to cover clashes between Palestinian stone throwers and Israeli forces at Beit El, near Ramallah.
22/10/2015
FPA press event with Fatah Central Committee member and the head of PECDAR Mohammed Shtayyieh has been postponed.
16/10/2015
The FPA deplores the violation of press privileges by unauthorised persons and imposters.
15/10/2015
Border Police push TV cameraman and proceed to kick him in the face and head as he lies on the ground protecting his camera.
13/10/2015
The FPA issues a statement and travel warning
29/09/2015
Job vacancy BBC News Ramallah. For details see Bulletin Board "Services"
26/09/2015
The FPA strongly protests unprovoked IDF attack on photojournalists near Nablus yesterday
16/09/2015
The FPA sharply denounces Border Police harassment of journalists covering the disturbances at the Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.
15/09/2015
The FPA wishes friends, members and colleagues a very happy and peaceful New Year.
15/06/2015
The FPA protests a foreign ministry video ridiculing foreign media reporting on Gaza last summer.
11/06/2015
FPA members win awards and citations for reporting on last year's war in Gaza
27/04/2015
CPJ report "Attacks on the Press" released today
26/04/2015
The FPA condemns in the strongest terms the abusive behavior of Israeli security forces toward photographers covering the weekly protest in Nebi Salah last Friday
25/03/2015
Veteran FPA member Heidi Levine wins prestigious photojournalism award
20/11/2014
The FPA responds to FM accusations of aiding terrorism.
03/11/2014
The FPA strongly protests against recent incidents of Border Police deliberately obstructing journalists in the field, firing stun grenades and firing rubber bullets at journalists.
15/08/2014
The repeated assaults by IDF forces on camera crews out on assignment covering protests in Hebron is totally unacceptable.
11/08/2014
The FPA protests Hamas attempts to actively intervene or direct reporting by visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.

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WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Established in June 1957 by 31 enterprising journalists, the Foreign Press Association in Israel -- known as the FPA -- attempts to fulfill the same task today as it did at its inception -- working to assist our members in covering the Middle East conflict.

We regularly organize news conferences for our members with leading figures from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, but this is not our primary goal or remit. Much of our attention is focused on the core interests of reporters living here who often find themselves overwhelmed or even threatened by the authorities on both side of the divide. Our mandate is to clarify bureaucratic problems and to protect our interests. Much of what we do goes on beneath the radar, but over the years we have saved our members much time, money and grief.

To give simple examples, we constantly stand up and fight to maintain tax breaks for foreign reporters in Israel, addressing a Knesset committee to defend our position. We have managed to simplify customs on professional equipment and have been pro-active in facilitating the authorities to grant work permits.  Some of the issues are more complex – such as gaining access to conflict areas. In certain instances this has meant approaching the Supreme Court for rulings.

The Israeli and PA authorities know and respect the FPA after years of interaction. Being a member gives you a certain level of protection when you are out in the field. We are in regular contact with the IDF and the border police and can swiftly intervene in an emergency.

While we stand for open coverage of news events and accessibility to newsworthy sites, we are aware of security constraints. The relevant authority will request the FPA to allocate pool duties for TV, radio, print and stills when open access is not possible. The visit of President Obama was one such occasion as was that of the Pope in early 2014.

Regarding the Prime Minister’s flights abroad, the FPA is allocated a certain number of seats for FPA members. These are not free seats, but many media outlets find that this is a prime opportunity to gain exclusive insights into regional policy. The same applies in war time where access to war zone is coordinated with the IDF as far as embeds and movement to the front is concerned.

The FPA is a legally registered private, non-profit organization operating solely on the basis of annual membership dues. As such we are supervised and subject to annual audit by a firm of chartered public accountants. The organization has one paid official – the executive secretary – and is run by a voluntary Chairman and Board annually elected by the membership. The names of the Chairman and Board are listed on the FPA website: 

To date, the FPA numbers some 400 members representing TV, radio, photojournalists and print media from 32 countries reaching from Australia to Qatar, Africa to Europe, China to the USA. Our members are listed in a hard copy booklet entitled Who is Who in the FPA. This is updated every year and considered an essential and credible tool by the various authorities, institutions and private organizations who interact with the foreign media in the region.

Everyone is obviously free to choose whether they want to join, but the more members we have, the more clout we wield and the easier it is to gain concessions from the often diffident authorities that dot the landscape.

For further questions and/clarifications please contact the FPA office or call the executive secretary on +972 547 545831.



Joining the FPA 


We encourage all journalists working for international news organizations and based in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza Strip to become members of the FPA, provided they have a registered office based in Israel - as a legally registered organization, this is required by law.

FPA Active Membership dues are NIS. 1150 (roughly US $ 330) a year.

FPA Associate Membership is available for part-time / freelance journalists, who can participate in all FPA activities, but cannot vote in board elections. Dues are NIS.1000 (about US $ 285) a year

**FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS also pay a registration fee of NIS.150  (about $42).

To apply: Please contact Executive Secretary Glenys Sugarman at the FPA office or contact us via the website.  

Applicants should present a letter from an editor or senior producer at their news organization's home office, verifying their position with the company or affiliation status.

For freelance correspondents, copies of clippings or radio broadcasts taken from three months of work must be presented and will be returned. This is in addition to a letter from the editor/s of the media organization to which you contribute as a journalist. 

All applicants must be sponsored by two Active FPA Members and present two recent photographs to receive a membership card.

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