Report: more than 18 attacks on journalists over the past month

[ PIC 03/03/2013 – 09:20 PM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces carried out several attacks on a number of Palestinian journalists during February, including arrests, repression and beatings, shootings and firing tear gas, in addition to preventing their coverage.

The occupation assaulted 18 Palestinian journalists, including the press cartoonist Mohammed Saba’na, where they extended his arrest twice, in addition to preventing journalists from performing their job despite the risks they are daily facing, the Government Information Office said in a report issued Sunday.

Concerning arrests, the IOF raided in February the journalist Amin Abu Warda’s house in Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, and interrogated him after an unprecedented administrative detention that lasted for 10 months.

The IOF has also detained al-Aqsa TV channel staff for a period of time when they were on their way to occupied Jerusalem for documenting Israeli crimes.

The IOF assaulted and detained 4 other journalists during covering events in Yatta town south of al-Khalil, in addition to arresting Pal Media Agency cameraman Abdul Ghani Natshe for more than 24 hours, during which he was subjected to very harsh treatment.

In the same context, the IOF extended on Tuesday the Journalist Amer Abu Arfa’s administrative detention for the fourth time in a row for six months,

The Israeli occupation forces arrested the journalist Amer Abu Arfa, Shihab News Agency’s reporter, after raiding his home in al-Khalil on 21 August 2011, where he was transferred to administrative detention, noting that he was arrested several times by PA security services, in addition to serving 4 years in Israeli jails.

The occupation forces have also arrested on Saturday the cartoonist at Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper Mohammed Saba’na at Karama crossing while returning from Jordan.

Israeli Courts extended on Wednesday and Thursday the arrest of the cartoonist Mohammad Saba’na for 7 and 8 more days pending investigation, and refused his lawyer’s request to release him until the end of the investigation.

Regarding wounding journalists, Palestine TV cameraman Bashar al-Nazzal was injured on Monday during covering weekly anti-settlement march in Kafr Qadum in Qalqilya.

Dozens of suffocation cases were reported among the journalists following the suppression of Friday peaceful marches against the apartheid wall by IOF in different parts in occupied West Bank.

On the same note, IOF suppressed and arrested a number of journalists while covering an Israeli attack on a Palestinian in Yatta town south of al-Khalil. Israeli forces also attacked and brutally beat three journalists.

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