OF wounded cameraman of “AP” Agency Majdi Mohammed Shtayyeh with a rubber bullet in the back fired by an Israeli soldier while he was covering arresting a citizen in the town of Al-Ram (north of Jerusalem) on 9/10.

“MADA”: 22 violations of media freedoms in Palestine during October 2016

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October 2016 witnessed a decline in total number of violations against media freedoms compared to previous months. A total of 22 violations were monitored by Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” during October including (11 violations by Israeli Occupation and 11 violations by Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza Strip).

Total numbers of violations monitored in October (22 violations) were considered as the lowest rate of violations against media freedoms recorded since the beginning of the year in Palestine.

Israeli violations:

Israeli occupation during October committed 11 violations against media freedoms in Palestine, as the majority of violations fell into the serious category, as the most prominent of all violations was IOF storming “Infinity” printing house, in Hebron at dawn of 16/10 searched and confiscated many of its equipment and devices that disrupted its work.

Moreover IOF wounded cameraman of “AP” Agency Majdi Mohammed Shtayyeh with a rubber bullet in the back fired by an Israeli soldier while he was covering arresting a citizen in the town of Al-Ram (north of Jerusalem) on 9/10.

In addition, to detaining dozens of Palestinian journalists during a tour organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Information in the Jordan Valley (Ein Alsakut area) on 4/10 and prevented them from conducting interviews with farmers, IOF claimed that journalists presence was in a restricted zone, noting that the “restricted zone” had been recovered by a decision of the Israeli occupation district court.

Palestinian Violations:

Palestinian violations monitored during the month of October topped to 11 (7 in West Bank and 4 in Gaza Strip) less than half of what was recorded in September 21 violations. Palestinian violations ranged during October between summons, interrogations, arrests, confiscation of equipment.

The most prominent was arresting the photographer of “Ramsat” agency Nidal Asmar Al Natsheh by preventive security service, for seven days, that took place after raiding and searching his house in Hebron, and confiscating several devices and equipment, noting that he was summoned previously and his office was raided on 13/10.

Palestinian Intelligence arrested cameraman of Al Quds Educational Channel Mahmoud Mattar for five days, in Jenin governorate.

Internal Security Service in Gaza continued to prosecuting a program presenter at AL Nahar Channel Nuha Abu Amro as she was summoned and interrogated twice rather than confiscating her mobile, and accessing her personal account on Facebook.

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