Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Palestinian Journalists Protest PA

The HP doesn't plan on publishing anything about this Palestinian protest, as it can't be blamed entirely on Israel and no bloody shirts to wave:

The Palestinian journalists’ syndicate has decided to boycott coverage of the activities of the Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus in the West Bank to protest the security crackdown on journalists during a recent demonstration.
On Friday, a number of news photographers were harassed by the PA’s Preventative Security Force while covering a Ramallah demonstration organized by Hamas in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
West Bank journalists periodically complain of security harassment during coverage of Hamas events viewed as potentially embarrassing to the government of Mahmoud Abbas. Freedom House, a press freedom watchdog based in Washington, ranks the Palestinian territories as “not free” — the lowest of three possible rankings — with regard to the ability of its journalists to report with no restrictions.
According to the Ma’an News Agency, the camera of one photographer was confiscated on Friday after its memory card was erased, while another photographer working for Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV station was detained and released only after agreeing to leave the area without taking any photos.
During a sit-in protest organized by the journalists’ syndicate across from the interior ministry in Ramallah Sunday, syndicate head Abdul Nasser Najjar said that documented cases of journalists’ harassment will be reported to legal authorities.
“There is a blacklist in which we will include any official who attacks journalists in the West Bank. In no way will we allow this chain of attacks against journalists to continue,” Najjar told the Palestine News Network.

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