Friday, April 08, 2011

Human Rights Watch report: Palestinian security abuses journalists

M&C News, Apr 6, 2011, 

Ramallah – The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip arbitrarily detain and abuse journalists, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

The number of violations has increased in recent years, particularly since Hamas seized sole control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Joe Stork, deputy director of HRW for Middle East and North Africa, told a news conference in Ramallah.

Stork said that ‘serious abuses and violations are going on that need to be corrected by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas,’ and pointed out that these violations ‘are equally serious.’
The 35-page report covering 2009-2010, entitled No News is Good News, cited seven cases of journalists whose rights have been violated in the West Bank and two in Gaza.

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