Despite promises to honor freedom of the media, the Palestinian
Authority is counting its crackdown on Palestinian journalists in the
In the past week, PA security forces interrogated and detained two journalists: Haroun Abu Arrah and Omar Arqoub.
Arrah, who was born in Jenin and lives in Ramallah, was detained by the
PA's General Intelligence Security [GIS] for interrogation.
told the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom: "I went to the
headquarters of the GIS two days after receiving a summons. They asked
me provocative and personal questions, such as whether I was having or
had sexual relationships. I told the interrogator that this was none of
his business. He replied: You better answer the questions."