Coverage of Public Hearings in Gaza City


Written by: Free Gaza Team

Date published: 26th June 2009 (updated 27th June 2009)

Source: Free Gaza Movement

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UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict – Updated Media Advisory on Coverage of Public Hearings in Gaza City

26 June 2009 – As part of its investigations into the December 2008 -January 2009 Gaza conflict, the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict will hold public hearings, on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 June in Gaza City and on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 July in Geneva.

Because of security arrangements in Gaza, all media and the public will be able to view the proceedings at a separate location from the actual hearing room.

Members of the Fact Finding Mission will interview victims, witnesses and experts at UNWRA Headquarters in Gaza. Two television crews contracted by the UN will tape the hearings, which will be screened live for the public
and the media at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Tal Alhawwa, next to the Al Quds Hospital.

The times of the public hearings in Gaza local time are as follows:

Sunday 28 June
08:30 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 16:30 (05:30 – 10:00 and 11:30 – 13:30 GMT)

Monday 29 June
08:30 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 17:00 (05:30 – 10:00 and 11:30 – 14:00 GMT)

The audio from the speakers at the public screening will be in Arabic only.

Television Coverage

Television crews may attend the screening at the same location as the public. The live coverage from the hearing room will be available on W2A, which can be downlinked by European and Middle Eastern earth stations for global onpass. Both Arabic and English audio will be available. Parameters for transmissions are as follows:

Satellite: W2A @ 10°E
Transponder: F5
Channel: CH3
Uplink Freq: 14230.83
POL: Vertical
Downlink Freq: 12730.83
POL: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 5.632
FEC Rate: 3/4

Radio Coverage

Audio outputs (XLR connections and a limited number of audio jacks) will be available at the screening room for radio journalists. These will be available in both Arabic and English.

Photographs

Still photographs taken by a photographer contracted by the UN will be uploaded onto an FTP server during the lunchtime break and at the end of the hearings. They can be downloaded by accessing the FTP server at:
ftp://ftp.ohchr.org

Username: FFMG2009
Password: P433FF

N/B both username and password are case sensitive.

For further information in English, please contact Doune Porter on +41 (0)79 477 2576, or +972 (0) 597 444 159, email dporter@ohchr.org

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For further information in Arabic, please contact Adnan Abu-Hasna on +972 (0)59 942 8061, email a.abu-hasna@unrwa.org

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