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Journalist Fellows' Papers

British Press Coverage of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis: 61 years of history

Reuters Institute Fellow's Paper

Firas Saleh Khatib, a Palestinian living in Israel, is Editor-in-Chief of al-Madina Newspaper and correspondent for al-Akhbar Newspaper. 

Firas’ research focuses on the way two British newspapers, the Times and the Guardian, reported the Palestinian refugee situation both in 1948 and through to the 1960s. 

He concludes that the approach of the two papers to the subject of Palestine, and the refugees in particular, shifted over time but was always an extremely sensitive issue. At times it created tensions and crises between media editors and correspondents, owners and editors, and between the British Press and the British Government. 

As with all Fellows’ research papers, any opinions expressed are those of the author and not of the Institute.