May: 26 violations against media freedoms in Palestine

MADA/ Ramallah/

May 2016 witnessed limited decline in numbers of violations against media freedoms in Palestine compared to the previous month, The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” monitored a total of 26 violations against media freedoms (where 16 violations were committed by Israeli Occupation, and 10 violations were committed by different Palestinian Apparatuses, while during April an overall amount of (29 violations) committed by both Israeli and Palestinian parties.

Israeli Violations:

Israeli Violations ranged from, targeting five journalists with rubber bullets, tear gas bombs and Stun grenades, to sentencing two journalists, rather than arresting three other media graduates, and two other cases of banning from coverage, 3 cases of detention and interrogation, one case of banning from travel, one case of confiscating media materials and a case of humiliating security check of a reporter before entering a press conference for the Israeli prime minister and the French prime minister; once he refused this humiliating treatment and impeded the coverage of the conference.

Israeli occupation authorities sentenced member of the secretariat of PJS Omar Nazzal to four months, on the second of May, Nazzal was arrested on the 23/04/2016, on his way to Jordan to participate on a conference for European Journalists Union in Bosnia, moreover “Salem,” Israeli military court sentenced the editor in Al- Fajer TV Sami Al Sa’ee to 9 months, ,he  was arrested on  09/032016  under the pretext of  ” incitement through what he posts on Facebook .”

02/05- IOF confiscated a collection of photographs belonging to MADA; featuring Israeli attacks and violations against Palestinian journalists and media outlets, whilst, Ali Mohammad Sabbah the director of (Al Haya Center for Art and Culture was intending to transport them to Jerusalem through Qalandia checkpoint, for an exhibition on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, whence he was detained for long hours, rather than being summoned and interrogated several times.

On 03/05 several journalists were injured, reporter of (24A.E) Ali Naser Obeidat, Mohammad Abu Shusheh photographer and director of Roya TV Chanel, moreover photographer and journalist Zaher Abu Hussein was injured with bruises and partial burns due an attack by IOF against a peaceful demonstration, organized by Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, in solidarity with journalist Omar Nazzal.

On 06/05 correspondent of Palestine TV in Qalqilya Ahmad Abd Al Malek Othman- Shawar was injured with two rubber bullets that hit his hand and leg, while covering a demonstration against settlements in Qufor Qaddoum, on the same day Almuthana Samir Deek the videographer of Trans-media agency was hit with four rubber bullets in his hand leg and shoulder by IOF.

On (23/5) Nayef Safadi  the director and photographer  of the European News Agency- EPA in Palestine and Israel, was exposed   to a humiliating security check by Israeli Occupation security  forces while he was entering at the Israeli Prime Minister Office in Jerusalem to cover a press conference, moreover on 25/05 IOF arrested Izzat Saleh Ahmad (23 years) media graduate from Al Najah National University, from his home in Kafr Al-Deek, Salfeet Governorate, besides, Israeli Occupation intelligence banned the correspondent and editor of “AL Quds International Press”  news agency Khaldoun Zakaria Mathloum from travel, while traveling to participate in a media conference in turkey, on 30/05 IOF also banned the photographer of the Chinese News Agency “Xinhua” Nidal Shafeeq Ishatyeh, and the photographer of AP Majdy Ishtayeh from covering a raid carried out by IOF  in Salem Village Nablus governorate.

Palestinian Violation:

Different Palestinian Apparatuses both in West Bank and Gaza Strip committed a total of 10 violations against media freedoms (5 in west Bank, 5 in Gaza Strip) ranged between detention and arrest, 5 cases of summoning and interrogating journalists, and two threats and incitement rather than confiscating equipment.

On 02/05 Palestinian Intelligence summoned Adib Barakat Attia (26 years) and was detained and interrogated, notably that he was summoned several times after coming back from studying in Cyprus (Masters in Media), on 9/5 the chairman of Al –Eqtesadeya (the economic) newspaper in  Gaza journalist Mohammed Khaled Abu Jyab was threatened by chairman of contractors in  Gaza Strip after posting comments on Facebook regarding transporting cement into Gaza Strip, on 16/05 Internal security in Gaza Strip summoned  the correspondent of “Wattan” and a volunteer at the radio “Sawt AlSha’b “Ezzedine Abu Aisha who was interrogated twice rather than the degrading and inhuman treatment that can amount to torture, on 16/05 Palestinian Intelligence  arrested the correspondent of “Al Aqsa TV” Tareq Abdelraziq Abu Zeid from his home in Nablus (still under arrest), on 23/05 Palestinian Intelligence also summoned the correspondent of “Al Quds” in Bethlehem Mamdouh Mahmoud Hamamrah while heading back home after participating in a pmedia conference held in Turkey, on 24/05 freelance journalist Amjad Ayman Yaghi was exposed to threats and inciting campaign after publishing an investigative report in the Lebanese newspaper “Al Akhbar” about  sexual harassment against women in Gaza Strip.