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Journalists in Danger

New Israeli attacks on press freedom as election approaches

Reporters Without Borders
22 January 2003

Reporters Without Borders today repeated its concern about press freedom in Israel after the beating of two Palestinian photographers working for international news agencies and the official questioning of a journalist about a report concerning alleged corruption by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Palestinian Authority arrests Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
6 January 2003


Early in the morning on Monday 6 January 2003, a unit of the Palestinian General Intelligence arrested the Gaza based correspondent for the Qatari TV news channel, al-Jazeera. Seif al-Din Shahin, 34, from Rafah was arrested as a result of a report that was broadcast last night on al-Jazeera.

Israeli government orders Arab weekly's closure

Reporters Without Borders
30 December 2002

On 24 December 2002, Reporters sans Frontières criticised the interior minister’s decision to close the radical Islamic weekly “Sawt al-Haq wa Al-Hurriya” (“Voice of Truth and Freedom”) for two years, on grounds that it threatens national security, as very excessive.

Israeli forces search journalist's home

1 December 2002

Three men, one dressed as an Israeli soldier and two wearing masks, entered the home of an Associated Press photographer at about 3 a.m. Sunday, rummaging through cabinets, desks and closets and emptying a jewelry box before leaving after about 30 minutes, the family said.

IFJ accuses Israel after journalists are terrorised and cameraman is beaten up

International Federation of Journalists
20 November 2002

The International Federation of Journalists said today that Israeli border police who terrorized a group of journalists and assaulted a cameraman in West Bank city of Hebron reflected a “continuing mood of prejudice and intolerance” among Israeli security personnel in their dealings with media.

PCHR condemns attack on journalists in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 November 2002

On October 31, a number of journalists were reporting on an explosion that occurred in a house in Gaza. A number of people, who were located on the scene, assaulted the journalists. PCHR condemns the attack.

Palestinian photographer set free after six months of administrative detention

Arjan El Fassed
22 October 2002


Yesterday, photographer Husam Abu Alan was freed from Israeli prison. Abu Alan, who works for Agence France-Presse, was arrested on April 24 near Hebron and held in administrative detention. No charges were ever filed against him.

Israeli authorities release two journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists
9 October 2002


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release of two Palestinian journalists detained by Israeli authorities for five months and urges the Israeli government to release another journalist still in detention.

Killing of Palestinian Journalist in Ramallah

International Federation of Journalists
26 September 2002

The International Federation of Journalists today called the shooting of a Palestinian journalist in Ramallah during street protests over Israeli actions in the town a “new and tragic act of media persecution that compounds Israeli violations of Palestinian rights.”

Journalists Condemn Israeli Attack on West Bank Radio Station

International Federation of Journalists
9 September 2002


The International Federation of Journalists has accused the Israeli authorities of a vendetta against a private radio station which has been raided, shelled and prosecuted in a series of attacks, the latest at the beginning of September.


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