Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA)

Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) is the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority, its history dating back to the period before the Authority was established. The agency offers news in four languages.

Media assets

News agency: WAFA

State Media Matrix Typology: State-Controlled (SC)

Ownership and governance

WAFA’s history goes back to 1972 when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a decision that established its own news agency. At the time, the agency’s mission was to counter the “dominant” Israeli propaganda and offer the perspective of the PLO.

In 2008, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, issued a decree that merged a state department in charge of information with the Palestinian News Agency into a new agency known as Palestinian News & Information Agency (WAFA). According to a presidential decree issued three years later, the management of WAFA is appointed by the Palestinian Authority.

Source of funding and budget

There is no official information about the sources of funding WAFA, but according to local journalists, the agency operates thanks to an allocation from the state budget of the Palestinian Authority.

Editorial independence

As the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency, WAFA has an editorial policy that strictly follows the policy of the authority, according to local journalists.

No domestic statute and no body or mechanism to independently validate the editorial independence of WAFA have been identified.

August 2023