Journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh from Bethlehem was sentenced on Thursday to one year
in prison for “insulting” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on
He is the second Palestinian to be sentenced to one year in
prison for this offense since the beginning of the year.
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
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.