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September 09, 2007

Reporters Without Borders Notes Hamas Abuse

Reporters Without Borders has issued a press release condemning Hamas' Sept. 3 closure of the

Gaza Strip branch of the Union of Palestinian Journalists, most of whose members are affiliated to Fatah or support it. At the same time, Hamas has decided to create a Government Committee for the Media.

“Even if the union was very pro-Fatah, this interference in a journalists organisation is unacceptable,�? the press freedom organisation said. “After its decision to apply a press law going back to 1995 that allows it to step up control of the media, Hamas has again adopted arbitrary measures designed to restrict journalists’ freedom even more.�?

The press release notes the Aug. 31 wounding of two foreign journalists by Hamas' Executive Force and the arrest of a Palestinian journalist.

So much for Mousa Abu Marzook's promise to treat journalists "with dignity."

Posted by TS at September 9, 2007 04:33 AM


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