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23/07/2014
The FPA strongly condemns official and unofficial incitement against journalists covering the current warfare.
28/06/2014
The FPA wishes members, friends and colleagues Ramadan Kareem.
20/06/2014
Deliberate violence and intimidation against professional journalists carrying out their work anywhere is totally unacceptable.
29/05/2014
A change in policy appears to be the reason for unprecedented aggressive behaviour by the authorities against journalists covering demonstrations in Jerusalem
16/05/2014
The FPA condemns the violent attack on journalists in the Ramallah environs and demands that steps be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.
28/04/2014
The FPA has a new chairman and Board.
25/03/2014
Former FPA chairman and TIME correspondent Robert Slater passed away in Jerusalem this morning after a long illness. See "Former Chairmen"
24/03/2014
An AP cameraman "encouraged" to leave the site of a demonstration by shooting at his car at the entrance to the Aida refugee camp yesterday. See "Statements"
23/03/2014
The FPA protests multiple SMS and emailed threats made to foreign journalists and demands the Hamas takes steps to stop this.
17/03/2014
The well known veteran Dutch correspondent Adriaan Bloemendaal passed away in Tel Aviv yesterday. See "In Memoriam" as he is remembered by his friends.
11/03/2014
Photojournalists from Reuters and AP injured by border police at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem this evening.
28/02/2014
The FPA condemns the violent and unprofessional behavior of an Israeli policeman during disturbances on Feb. 28 in East Jerusalem
20/12/2013
Newly arrived correspondents - useful pointers. NB The regulations re drivers licenses for foreign journalists based in Israel are about to change. Members will be updated as soon as we have some clarity.
02/12/2013
The FPA replies to the IDF response re Qualandia events on 29th November. See Statements
01/12/2013
The FPA strongly protests last Friday's attempt by the IDF forces to clear Qalandia of photojournalists by firing rubber bullets and stun grenades directly at them. See Statements.
27/07/2013
The FPA deplores the closure of Al Arabiyeh's offices in Gaza by Hamas.
04/07/2013
The FPA protests unacceptable behavior by the border police against journalists on assignment yet again
17/05/2013
FPA members congratulated on receiving Overseas Press Club photography awards for 2012
02/04/2013
Unwanted photojournalists, this time at Qalandia Crossing Saturday March 30th. See "Statements"
11/03/2013
This past Saturday Hizmeh junction near Jerusalem was the conflict zone - against the photojournalists again ! See Statements.
10/02/2013
Saturday showdown, this time in the South Hebron Hills. Photographers not welcome !
06/02/2013
Journalists get in the way of security again, this time in Burin.
16/01/2013
The FPA yet again calls on Israel refrain from barring access to news worthy events by manhandling journalists. See "Statements"
28/02/2012
For regional updates on safety issues see Bulletin Board

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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, recently addressing a Knesset committee to defend our position. We have managed to simplify customs on professional equipment and regularly facilitate the granting of work permits. In recent weeks, after years of fighting, we finally managed to secure an agreement with the transport ministry to prevent our members from having to apply for Israeli driving licenses. 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 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 recent visit of President Obama was one such occasion and the upcoming visit of the Pope in early 2014 will almost certainly involve pool cover.

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 480 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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