People’s News and The Free Press
Posted on October 4, 2011 by Marivel Guzman
Recently I tried to get a membership for International Press Association –IPA
The process seems very easy, you fill your information, your journalist trajectory, photographic experience and few samples of your articles if you are a writer or blogger, now days is more and more frequent to find a blogger good article than a Writer Good Article, any way I went on with the process I went to the terms of service off course I did not read it-usually no ones does-and came back to the membership application, the answers to the form are automatically filled choose format , when the time to choose the country for one of the staff member and Co-Founder of this Online News Service I was trying to get credentials I got to the first problem; Palestine Authority is missing from the Country line, and I remember seen somewhere in the IPA web site that there are certain Hot Spots and those future members belonging from those Hot Spots are scrutinized and if they meet the security requirements a Membership is accepted, off course after paying a fee (the lowest Fee available which is $ 200 US dollars) or $ 250 (Gold Package)yearly member Fee-Press Card Free of Charge– (they advertise)yeah if your dues are paid.
I also read that if you do not find your country you could email a request to support team and they will add your country. So I did and I explain the situation, of Gaza Under Siege- and the the Country Palestine, worth mentioning that Palestine Authority does not appears in Google forms, and in thousands others web sites, Gaza Strip is not even in the Postal Service Area of my United States Postal Service.
Read at the end the response to my inquiry to include Palestine to the Order Form, directed to Len Rapoport, edito in Chief of
Membership in IPA
Dear Mr. Guzman;
President – Editor-In-Chief
International Press Association
Tel: (732) 888-2777
“Supporting Ethical Members of the Independent Media”
Hello I m subscribing and paying for the membership of a photojournalist that Lives in Palestine, but Palestine it is not in the order from.
We founded a News Online 2 years ago, and we need credentials.
I m in the US, and the other person in Palestine. I need to pay for booth, from here. And the ID card to be send to Palestine. I see it is in the hot spot countries, but that’s where the news come from.
Thanks for your support and fast answer.
Director and Editor of
Akashma News Online