Hajer Harb, a female Palestinian journalist who is currently receiving medical treatment in Jordan for cancer, was found guilty and sentenced in absentia by a Hamas court for exposing a corrupt health care system in Gaza and under Abbas’ PA, where patients are extorted if they seek better treatment.
A Palestinian journalist who exposed corruption in the Gaza Strip was prosecuted by Hamas, the terrorist group that governs the enclave, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Monday.
Palestinian journalist, Hajer Harb reporting from a Hamas training center in Gaza. – Screenshot: Hager Press/YouTube
In June 2016, Hajer Harb reported that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority extorted Palestinians seeking medical care in Israel, Europe and elsewhere in the Arab world. Continue Reading »
Responding to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association, Israel’s Interior Minister commented, “This is a journalist whose life is in real danger, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website.”
By Mordechai Sones
Interior Minister Aryeh Deri responded to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association to approve entry into Israel of Iranian journalist Nada Amin, who writes for the Times of Israel.
Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri – Photo: Wikipedia
Amin is currently in Turkey, where she fled from Iran three years ago. Turkey has already announced that she will be deported in coming days from Turkey to Iran, where she is expected to be sentenced to death. Continue Reading »
Human Rights Watch has accused Abbas’ gov’t of arresting and abusing local journalists and activists critical of PA policies, seen as a violation of media freedom and freedom of speech.
The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank has blocked 11 news websites associated with their Gaza-based rivals Hamas and other political adversaries critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Arabic media reports.
Autocrat of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas – AP
The shutdowns were ordered by the Palestinian Attorney General’s office, with Palestinian media outlets quoting one anonymous official as saying that the sites blocked were in “violation of the rules of publications” which bars the dissemination of alleged fake news and defamation. Continue Reading »
The Arab newspaper branded the closure as politically motivate because of embarrassing reports of PA security coordination with Israel, and alleged torture within the Palestinian jails.
The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attends a ceremony in Ramallah. – Photo: REUTERS
The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said. Continue Reading »
WATCH: After the Texas attack, anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller speaks out, slamming ‘media elites’ for denigrating those who offend Islam.
By Ari Soffer
Pamela Geller, the outspoken head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has spoken out after her group’s Mohammed Cartoon event was targeted in a shooting attack by Muslim terrorists on Sunday night.
Pamela Geller – Reuters
In an interview with CNN, Geller lashed out at the media “elites” for criticizing her group – the attackers’ intended victims – as opposed to radical Islamists responsible for such violent attacks.
The event had offered a $10,000 award for the best cartoon depicting the founder of Islam, Mohammed, and featured a speech by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, among other prominent critics of Islam. Continue Reading »
Despite promises from the PA to honor freedom of the press, dozens of Palestinian journalists protest recent arrests & detentions, as tensions regarding journalistic freedom of speech escalate
By Diana Atallah, The Media Line
Issues of press freedoms under the Palestinian Authority continued as dozens of journalists organized a demonstration outside of Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah’s office, protesting the recent detention of a colleague and calling for an investigation into similar arrests.
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The day before the protest, Sami Al-Sa’i, a Tulkarem based reporter for the local Wattan news agency, was called in by Palestinian intelligence officers for an interrogation. Continue Reading »
The IDF censor will now monitor journalists’ and bloggers’ social media accounts – and you don’t even have to be Israeli
The IDF military censor will be assuming a more ominous role as it begins monitoring the social media accounts of Israeli journalists and bloggers for potential violation of censorship provisions.
Sima Vaknin-Gil באדיבות המכללה האקדמית נתניה-
Col. Sima Vaknin-Gil told attendees at the Digit 2012 conference at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, that the new system will monitor visual and textual information on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, on blogs and on traditional news sites.
“The new system will examine information using key words labeled in advance,” she said, stressing it would help her office monitor information that was previously difficult to track. Continue Reading »