Al-Jazeera demands Israel release journalist

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July 17, 2006 17:54

 
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Arabic TV broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Monday demanded that Israeli authorities release its Jerusalem bureau chief Ilyas Karram, who was arrested on Sunday after broadcasting real-time footage disclosing the site the deadly Katyusha attack in Haifa, a violation of military censorship rules. Israel also arrested Al-Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau chief Walid al-Omary, preventing reporters from carrying out their work. Al-Jazeera claimed that Israeli officials had given no explanation for the detentions, and said that while Karram has been released, al-Omary remained in custody. "Al-Jazeera hereby expresses its utmost disapproval and strong denunciation of the Israeli authorities obstruction of its coverage of the conflict and reiterates its adherence to internationally recognized professional journalistic standards," the release said.

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