MADA: PA coerces detained journalists to reveal their emails

[ PIC 07/09/2013 – 11:14 AM ]


RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) accused the PA forces of forcing detained journalists to reveal their emails and social profiles passwords during investigation.

MADA monitored during the past 20 months attacks on journalists for expressing their opinion on Facebook, and some journalists reported to MADA that security services attempted to force them during investigation to reveal their emails and social profiles passwords. MADA said that its report sheds light on the reality of the internet in Palestine and the violations committed against journalists for expressing their opinions on the social networks.

The violations against Facebook users and bloggers confirm that the PA authorities control and follow social networks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with increased monitoring in the last two years after the success of the revolutions in a number of Arab countries, especially Tunisia and Egypt, where youth played a primary role in coordinating and mobilizing the masses through social networks.

MADA called on all relevant authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to stop Internet censorship, end the infringement on the right of journalists and citizens to express their views on social networks, stop violating their privacy and pressuring them to reveal their passwords, and to respect freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed in Article 19 of the Palestinian Basic Law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The most significant results of MADA’s study was that 67% of Palestinians who participated in answering the questionnaire and who use Facebook believed that Facebook contributes to the promotion of freedom of expression, as opposed to 33% who said it has no contribution. The content analysis of the Palestinian groups on Facebook also showed that there is no culture of accepting the opinion of others and that there is a verbal attack and intolerance during an exchange of views in these groups.

The internal division captured the attention of many, which was dominated by the style of accusations, insults, defamation, treason, and blasphemy during a lot of discussions, this wasted the opportunity of those groups for a peaceful dialogue to discuss a lot of societal issues, and try to promote civil peace, the report said.



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