Palestinian blogger: PA arrested me over Facebook activity

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May 19, 2012 16:57

Jamal Abu Rihan, a Palestinian blogger who spent 36 days in a Palestinian Authority prison in the West Bank for demanding an end to corruption, said Saturday that his interrogation focused mostly on his activities on Facebook.

Abu Rihan, who was released last week, was arrested as part of a PA crackdown on journalists, bloggers and Facebook users who reported about corruption or criticized Palestinian leaders.

He was arrested on instructions from the PA's attorney-general, Ahmed al-Mughni, after creating a Facebook group called "The people want to end corruption."

The term is an inspiration of the "Arab Spring," where anti-government protesters have been chanting, "the people want regime change."

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