« Home | Solution for Ulpana gets 2 weeks to be found » | British police ignored Muslim child rape gang cris... » | Ron Paul's irritating endgame » | Why it's physically impossible to divide Jerusalem... » | Mayor Nir Barkat takes Olmert to task » | The near-liberation of the Temple Mount » | Who else but Ehud Olmert would add to the insult o... » | 2012 Jerusalem Day » | Lockerbie bomber now appearing before highest cour... » | Occupy protestors arrested in Bridgeport on charge... » 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 

PLO arrests more reporters and bloggers

Here's another something that contradicts the PLO's commitments to peace:
After a two-week lull, the Palestinian Authority has resumed its crackdown on Palestinian journalists and bloggers in the West Bank.

The crackdown, which began three months ago, has targeted journalists and bloggers who reported about corruption cases in PA institutions or posted critical comments on Facebook.

The ongoing campaign comes despite promises by PA leaders to stop arresting and harassing Palestinian journalists and bloggers, especially those who post critical comments on Facebook.

At least nine journalists and bloggers have been arrested or interrogated by various branches of the PA security forces. The PA has also blocked a number of news websites belonging to Palestinians who are critical of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

On Tuesday, the PA's General Intelligence Service detained Shadi Zamara, a 27-year-old journalist and blogger, and questioned him about his work and comments he had posted on Facebook.

Zamara said he received a phone call from a man who identified himself as an officer for the General Intelligence Service asking him to report for questioning.

"When I went there, I was interrogated about my journalistic work and activities on Facebook," Zamara said. "The interrogation focused mainly on articles I had published and which included criticism of the Palestinian Authority."

After two and a half hours of questioning, Zamara was released and asked to report again for further interrogation next week.

But half an hour after he left the offices of the General Intelligence Service, he received another phone call asking him to return immediately for questioning.

"When I arrived, they put me inside a room and closed the door," Zamara recounted in a statement to the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom. "I started shouting, demanding that they release me. I told them that I came voluntarily and there was no need for this kind of treatment. Then one of the interrogators entered the room and demanded to know why my case was already on Facebook."

Zamara told the interrogator that because he was a journalist he saw that there was a need to inform the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the PA's Government Press Office of the decision to summon him for questioning.

"I believe that that there is a campaign against journalists and that the Palestinian Authority is following all our activities," he said. "This is a clear violation of freedom of media."

In a related development, 88% of Palestinians believe that the recent arrest of journalists and bloggers in the West bank is unjustified, a public opinion poll published Wednesday showed.

The poll, which was conducted by the independent research center AWRAD, covered some 1200 Palestinians.

More than 60% of respondents in the Gaza Strip and 27% in the West Bank believe freedom of speech has diminished compared to 10 years ago, the poll found.

An overwhelming majority of Palestinians [about 80%] said that the two Palestinian governments were censoring freedom of expression, the survey showed.

According to the results, 84% of Palestinians support the immediate conduct of elections in the Palestinian territories, while another 55% are in favor of the resumption of peace talks with Israel.
Some caution is going to be needed regarding that last bit there - would that part suggest they still support segregation from Israel? If they do, that's only going to guarantee they'll have more and more troubles like what Abbas' gang is now brewing for them. On the other hand, what if that resumption meant reconnecting with the rest of Israel? They'd be strongly advised to support that idea.

Labels: , , ,

Links to this post

Create a Link

About me

  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. I don't expect to be perfect at the job, but I do my best.
My profile



    avigreen2002@yahoo.com About profile Gab page Minds page

      I also contribute to

    • The Astute Bloggers
    • Infidel Bloggers Alliance
    • Which also includes (open menu)

      My other sites

    • The Four Color Media Monitor
    • The Comic Book Discrimination Dossiers
    • Hawkfan
    • The Greatest Thing on Earth!
    • The Outer Observatory
    • Earth's Mightiest Heroines
    • Puzzle Paradise
    • The Co-Stars Primer
    • Cinema Capsule Cavalcade
    • Food Diner
    • News/Opinion sites (open menu)

      Writers and special activity groups (open menu)

      Media Watchdogs (open menu)

      Columnist bloggers (open menu)

      Research on terrorism (open menu)

      Milbloggers (open menu)

      Trackback parties (open menu)

      Trackback tools

    • Wizbang Standalone pinger
    • Other bloggers: Israel and Asia (open menu)

      Other bloggers: Europe (open menu)

      Other bloggers: American continent (open menu)

      Museum sites (open menu)

      Bloggeries Blog Directory blog directory Top Blogs Politics blogs Politics Blogs
      Politics blog TopOfBlogs
      All Politic Sites Society blog Blog Directory & Search engine blog directory View My Stats


    • W3 Counter stats
    • GoStats charts
    • Click here to see website statistics
    • eXTReMe Tracker Locations of visitors to this page

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    make money online blogger templates

Older Posts Newer Posts

Tel-Chai Nation is powered by Blogspot and Gecko & Fly.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Join the Google Adsense program and learn how to make money online.