Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

Palestinian journalist jailed for 'insulting' Abbas

By
March 28, 2013 17:10

Journalist gets one year sentence after sharing photo comparing Abbas's face to a villain on a Syrian TV show.

The photo that landed Palestinian journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh in jail.

abbas370. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh from Bethlehem was sentenced on Thursday to one year in prison for “insulting” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Facebook.

He is the second Palestinian to be sentenced to one year in prison for this offense since the beginning of the year.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Hamamreh, who works for the Palestinian Al-Quds TV station, was found guilty of sharing a photo on Facebook that compared Abbas to a man who played the role of a French spy in a popular Syrian TV series.

A PA court in Bethlehem found the journalist guilty of publishing a photo “harming his excellency the president, disseminating lies, libel and slander and publishing material that spreads seeds of hatred.”

In February, a PA court in Nablus sentenced 26-year-old Anas Said Awad to one year in prison for publishing a photo of Abbas on Facebook depicting the PA president as a player for Real Madrid.

Last year, the PA security forces in the West Bank detained a number of Palestinian journalists and activists for posting critical comments and jokes about the Abbas and other leaders on Facebook.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel news
  • Mahmoud Abbas
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Pope Francis waves as he leaves for his pastoral trip to Egypt at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Ai
    April 29, 2017
    Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 34
      Beer Sheva
      16 - 25
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 16 - 29
      Jerusalem
      15 - 27
      Haifa
    • 21 - 32
      Elat
      19 - 34
      Tiberias