Despite promises to honor freedom of the media, the Palestinian Authority is counting its crackdown on Palestinian journalists in the West Bank.
In the past week, PA security forces interrogated and detained two journalists: Haroun Abu Arrah and Omar Arqoub. Abu Arrah, who was born in Jenin and lives in Ramallah, was detained by the PA's General Intelligence Security [GIS] for interrogation.
He told the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom: "I went to the headquarters of the GIS two days after receiving a summons. They asked me provocative and personal questions, such as whether I was having or had sexual relationships. I told the interrogator that this was none of his business. He replied: You better answer the questions."