Palestinian journalist on hunger-strike in protest at prolonged detention

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– The Bethlehem Magistrate Court on Thursday extended the detention of the Palestinian photojournalist Asid Amarna, 30, for 15 days on charges of undermining the Palestinian Authority’s prestige. A PIC news reporter quoted Amarna’s family as saying that their son was charged by Bethlehem’s Magistrate Court with undermining the prestige of the PA through his work as a cameraman for al-Aqsa TV Channel in the southern West Bank. For his part, journalist Amarna started an open-ended hunger-strike in protest at the extension of his detention. The prisoner’s family slammed the Palestinian authority (PA) apparatuses for extending his detention, saying his detention violates the freedoms of speech and the press. Amarna’s family members urged the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and human rights institutions to immediately step in and work on having him released. On February 27, the PA preventive security summoned journalist Amarna for interrogation and arrested him upon his arrival at its headquarters. Prisoner Amarna has been summoned for interrogation by the PA apparatuses several times before and had spent a total of five months in PA jails due to his work for the Aqsa satellite channel.

(Source / 27.02.2016)

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