Palestinian authorities in West Bank and Gaza Strip “using police state tactics to silence critical media and arbitrarily block people’s access to information”

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Palestinians: Taking Journalists Hostage
by Khaled Abu Toameh
August 23, 2017

Palestinian journalists have once again fallen victim to the continuing power struggle between the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has jurisdiction over parts of the West Bank, and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control of the entire Gaza Strip. Neither the PA nor Hamas is any champion of human rights, especially freedom of the media. The two par ties regularly crack down on their critics, including journalists who do not toe the line or dare to report on issues that are deemed as reflecting negatively on the PA or Hamas. The past few weeks have been particularly tough for Palestinian journalists. READ MORE

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  Palestine: Dangerous escalation in attacks on freedom of expression. The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and their rivals, the de-facto Hamas administration in Gaza, have both tightened the noose on freedom of expression in recent months, launching a repressive clampdown on dissent that has seen journalists from opposition media outlets interrogated and detained in a bid to exert pressure on their political opponents…

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