PA arrests George Canawati for reporting on Fatah

June 3, 2013 18:38


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The Palestinian Authority on Monday arrested a Palestinian journalist from Bethlehem for reporting about a Fatah leaflet.

Journalist George Canawati, director of the local Bethlehem Radio 2000, belongs to one of Bethlehem’s large Christian families. He was previously arrested in 2011 and went on trial before a Palestinian Authority court for criticizing medical services in his city.

The decision to charge Canawati in 2011 came after the PA governor of Bethlehem, Abdel Fattah Hamayel, filed a complaint against him for “slander and defamation.”

Late last year, the PA’s General Intelligence Force in the West Bank detained Canawati for five days after he reported on tensions between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan.

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