Moot court competition for the defense of freedom of expression in Palestine

Ramallah /PNN/

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and The Civil Commission for the Independence of Judiciary and Rule of Law (ISTIQLAL) announced a competition for the best moot court for students of faculties of law in Palestinian universities to defend freedom of expression. The results will be announced on the 02nd of November 2018 that marks the International Day to End Impunity.

In 2017, violations against media freedom in Palestine escalated on a fast pace, compared to previous years. MADA documented a total of 530 violation against Palestinian journalists (around 38%) compared to 2016.

Noting that, Israeli Occupation Forces committed a total of 375 violations, whereas, Palestinian bodies committed a total of 154 violations (71% and 29% respectively of the overall documented violations for 2017).

First half of 2018, witnessed a serious deterioration, since the Great Return Marches started in Gaza Strip by the end of March 2018, two journalists were killed and at least 80 journalists were injured with explosive- live ammunition by Israeli Occupation Forces. Whereas, Palestinian security services attacked journalists while covering demonstrations in West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Unfortunately, in the vast majority of violations, especially the serious ones, the aggressors are not held accountable

The general goal of the competition is to shed more light on freedom of expression in Palestine and violations against Palestinian journalists, and in particular to raise awareness on the importance of combating impunity and ensure accountability to perpetrators of crimes against journalists.

The competition will promote the culture of freedom of expression and opinion among law students.
To strengthen partnership between Human Rights Organizations and academic institutions in defending freedom of expression.

The final contest will be held on the International Day to end Impunity on 2/11/2018, the jury will consist of retired judges, prosecutors and lawyers, and a prize will be distributed to the winning team.

Representatives of the universities, journalists, and the participating students, the Supreme Judicial Council, the Attorney General’s Office, the Bar Association, the Legislative Council and Human Rights Organizations will be invited to attend the celebration.