Report: 277 violations against Palestinian information freedoms

Palestinian journalists light candles to commemorate Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was martyred by Israeli soldiers during "Great March of Return", during a protest in Nablus, West Bank on 7 April, 2018 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian journalists light candles to commemorate Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was martyred by Israeli soldiers during “Great March of Return”, during a protest in Nablus, West Bank on 7 April, 2018

Palestinian Centre for Development and Information Freedoms (MADA) has documented 277 violations against Palestinian information freedoms in the first half of 2018, Quds Pressreported yesterday.

MADA said that the Israeli occupation carried out 208 violations in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.

The report noted that the Israeli violations against Palestinian information freedoms increased sharply compared to the same period last year which witnessed 127 violations.

Two Palestinian journalists, Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu-Hussein, were killed in Gaza during this period this year, MADA said.

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“Targeting Abu-Hussein and Murtaja was a clear example of the flagrant Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists,” the report said.

According to the report, the Israeli occupation carried out 128 violations in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, while 80 violations were reported in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the MADA report found that the Palestinian journalists were subject to 69 violations at the hands of Palestinian authorities, including 54 in the West Bank and 15 in Gaza.

(Source / 06.08.2018)

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