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July 05, 2009

Palestinian Forum: PA Must Stop Detaining Journalists

Here is more on the PA's detainment of journalists, a topic we blogged last week:

Gaza - Ma’an - The Palestinian Authority must stop the practice of detaining journalists for political reasons, a statement from the Palestinian Media Forum proclaimed Saturday.

The forum called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to pressure his security agencies into greater respect for press freedoms, saying they detain media workers "when the political situation is unfavorable" and said there were at least seven journalists in PA prisons.

Citing the example of Ramallah-based journalist Mustafa Sabri, who was arrested from his home for the tenth time on 21 April 2009 by Preventive Security forces, the forum condemned the use of arrest and torture against journalists. According to the forum, Sabri was taken to a hospital twice after his health deteriorated due to severe torture in PA custody.

Posted by TS at July 5, 2009 03:30 AM


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