NET-MED Youth launched on November 7, 2017, the “Youth and Media in Palestine Survey” – a discussion paper elaborated in partnership with the Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD).


The launch seminar brought together more than 25 young journalists, media professionals, academicians, government and civil society representatives and young women and men representing youth organizations. The purpose was to understand the perception of Palestinian youth of national and regional media, and to think of ways to improve understanding of how youth relate to media, and how they engage with and are represented in different media platforms.


“We can support media institutions by providing training and capacity building to promote and improve youth-related content and the way media covers topics of relevance to young Palestinians. We also need to give a higher attention to Media and information literacy,” said  Nibal Thawabta, Journalist and Media Specialist at Birzeit University Media Development Center.


The Youth and Media discussion paper is the product of a long and careful process carried out by NET-MED Youth members as part of the media axis of the project. The project indeed encourages the increase of youth participation and representation in national, regional and international media.


Some key findings of this survey are:

  • Youth prefer new or alternative media platforms.
  • Many youth believe that all traditional media outlets are controlled, monitored and censored.
  • 60% are dissatisfied with the youth-related content presented in traditional media.
  • The majority of respondents (56%) believe that media present a stereotypical image of young women.
  • Youth in the focus groups were unable to cite any media programs that address the issue of disability.
  • To 61% of youth participating in the survey, Palestinian media do not cover the voices of all groups in society (indicating geographic, partisan and social class bias).


You can access our "Resources" page to read the full survey findings in English or Arabic



In the field

Youth and Media


Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.

Youth and Employment


Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs. 

Youth Policies


Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.