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WHO ARE WE?
Established in June 1957 by 31 enterprising journalists, the Foreign Press Association in Israel – known as the FPA – works to assist our members in covering the Middle East conflict.
Our primary mission focuses on protecting the interests of reporters working here who often find themselves overwhelmed or even threatened by the authorities on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide. Our mandate is to clarify bureaucratic problems and to protect our members so they can report the news free from interference and danger. Much of what we do goes on beneath the radar, but over the years we have saved our members much time, money and grief.
Among our core activities
What we do
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 FPA is the recognised organiser of foreign press pools for TV, radio, print and stills when open access is not possible, such as visits by US Presidents, the Pope and the weekly Israeli cabinet meetings.
When the Israeli Prime Minister flies abroad, the FPA is allocated a certain number of seats for our members, allowing foreign media outlets a prime opportunity to gain exclusive insights into regional policy. At times of conflict access to closed military zones and military embeds are coordinated between the FPA and the IDF.
The FPA currently numbers about 400 members representing TV, radio, photojournalists, print and web media from 32 countries. 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 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 authorities that dot the local landscape. Click here for more information on how to become a member.