Media Forum condemns PA arrest of Journalist covering a sit-in

[ PIC 02/08/2013 – 01:15 PM ]

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GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian Media Forum strongly condemned the PA Intelligence Services for the arrest of the journalist Musab al-Ibrahim Said while covering a sit-in of prisoners’ families in Ramallah.

PA forces arrested on Thursday the journalist Said, who works with a local news agency, while covering a sit-in organized by the prisoners’ families, the forum statement said.

Said was arrested for a whole month in PA jails two years ago. He also served 10 months in Israeli jails.

The journalist has declared three weeks ago that he will not answer to a summons issued by PA Security, saying that it has no legal basis. His arrest came after repeated threats from PA Intelligence due to his blogs on the social networking websites.

This arrest came as part of the PA arbitrary policy against journalists and its violations to press freedom, the statement added.

The Forum pointed out to the journalists’ sit-in that was organized by the Journalists’ Syndicate in Ramallah protesting the closure of al-Arabiya and Maan offices in Gaza without declaring any position towards the PA continued arrests against journalists.

The statement said that the PA arrests against journalists came in coordination with the Israeli brutal violations to freedom press where 14 Palestinian journalists are jailed in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Media Forum condemned the international human rights and press organizations’ silence towards the PA and Israeli continued violations against journalists.


 

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