RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation authorities perpetrated last year 561 violations against Palestinian journalists and media outlets in the occupied Palestinian territories, a Palestinian government body has found.
In its annual report on Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists, the Government Information Office explained that February had seen the highest number of violations against Palestinian journalists, mostly assaults, shootings, and arrests.
The Office stressed that the Israeli occupation army has used “direct and lethal force” to suppress Palestinian journalists, detain them, raid their houses and confiscate their journalistic equipment as well as preventing media coverage.
After passing a law compelling social media platforms to monitor and delete any post that it views as inciting against it, the Israeli occupation has intensified violations and tightened restrictions against Palestinian journalists, according to the report.
The report documented 132 cases of journalists detained or put on trial and 122 cases of suppressing media coverage of Israeli violations against Palestinian citizens.
The Israeli occupation authorities have systematically used various means of pressure to intimidate and silence Palestinian journalists
As part of an effort to suppress the Palestinian content on social media, more than 91 cases of shutting down or threatening to delete Palestinian social media accounts and pages in coordination with the administrations of those platforms.
During 2020, 26 cases of the Israeli occupation authorities confiscating ID cards and equipment of Palestinian journalists and imposing travel ban on them in a bid to discourage them from covering Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.
The Office warned against a continuation of violations by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian journalists without being held accountable for its crimes against the freedom of the press.
The Gaza-based body called on the UN Human Rights Council to immediately form an inquiry commission to record human rights abuse and violations of international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Office reiterated the necessity to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its Palestinian journalists in complete disregard for the UN Security Council Resolution 2222, which guarantees providing protection for Palestinian journalists.
(Source / 05.01.2021)