Thursday, March 8, 2012

News the HP Doesn't Cover: PA Worse on Journalists Than Israel

This year, for the first time, the Palestinian Authority committed more abuses on Palestinian journalists than Israel:
"The Palestinian media faced more assaults on press freedom from its own authorities over the past year than it did from Israel, a recent report published by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has highlighted.

According to the report, which was released last week, there was a total 206 violations restricting, intimidating or physically attacking journalists in the West Bank and Gaza strip in 2011, with Palestinian security services responsible for 106 incidents and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli settlers responsible for 100.

While the division is still comparable, MADA general director Mousa Rimawi said in a statement released with the report that this was the first year Palestinian violations exceeded those committed by Israel.
He also noted that attacks on press freedom by the Palestinian authorities last year marked a significant increase over the previous year, where 79 incidents were recorded.

Among the incidents highlighted in the 60-page document, MADA noted that the most horrifying violation of press freedom was the murder last April of Italian journalist Vittorio Arrigoni by an armed Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip. The authors also point to the fact that there has been a significant increase in general on violent attacks against journalists across the Middle East over the past year, with 20 people being killed in 2011."
Interesting, no?

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