Palestinian journalists plan to stage a sit-in strike in Ramallah on Sunday in
protest against recurring assaults on them by Palestinian Authority security
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the West Bank called
on its members to participate in the protest and condemned the attacks as an
assault on freedom of expression.
The syndicate called on the PA
leadership to punish security officers and policemen who assault
The latest protest follows an incident during which PA
security officers beat a number of journalists during a rally in Ramallah last
Friday in support of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.
journalists complained that the officers also confiscated their cameras and
deleted footage of the rally.
The assaults came as anti-riot policemen
used force to break up the rally, which the PA said was organized by
Among the journalists who were beaten were Ahmed Milhem of Wattan
TV and Mohamed Arouri of the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds TV.
Arouri said a
number of security officers dragged him, beat him and told him that he was
“unwanted” in the area for security reasons.
A third journalist, Mohamed
al-Qiq, was roughed up by at least 15 officers belonging to the Preventive
Security Force, witnesses said.
Palestinian human rights organizations
also issued statements condemning the targeting of journalists by PA security
“Violations against the freedom of expression by the Palestinian
security forces were moving from bad to worse,” the Palestinian Center for
Development and Media Freedoms said.
“Suppression of marches is a policy
of the security forces and leads to assaults on journalists,” the center
Failure to hold those responsible encourages assaults on
journalists and freedoms of expression, it added.
accused the PA of arresting 10 of its supporters in the West Bank over the
Most of those arrested had participated in protests against the
“military coup” in Egypt, Hamas said.
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