Despite the lifting of the gag order and the ban on meeting with lawyers, Kayyal has been ordered held until 22 April. Adalah has said it will file an appeal to seek his immediate release.
Kayyal is held under suspicion of “unlawful travel to an Arab country” and “contact with a foreign agent,” accusations Israel habitually uses to harass Palestinian citizens.
Under the terms of Israel’s draconian censorship, Israeli media are not even allowed to report the exchange that happened at the State Department regarding the detention of Majd Kayyal.
The Electronic Intifada has obtained the closed court transcript and gag order extending the detention and interrogation of journalist Majd Kayyal, which Israeli media are not permitted to report.
The Newseum refused to explain why it decided to remove the names of two Palestinian journalists killed by Israel from its memorial.
The two journalists, Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, were targeted and killed last November by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza Strip, during Israel’s November assault.
Palestinian journalists routinely self-censor following increased violations of media freedoms in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In the brief Arabic-language animation, a cartoon rat in a sewer claims that Hamas leaders have been hiding in sewers “like mice and rats.”
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