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PA bans Palestinian novel for 'indecent' terminology

Feb. 6, 2017 8:31 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2017 8:31 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's (PA) Attorney General Ahmad Barak on Monday decided to ban the distribution of a novel by Palestinian novelist Abbad Yahya for containing "indecent and improper terminology." 

The Office of the Attorney General confirmed that a decision was taken to collect all copies of the novel "Crime in Ramallah" by Abbad Yahya.

The novel, they said, includes indecent terminology and phrases which could "harm readers," especially children and minors. 

The novel, according to the Attorney General's office, "breaches both international treaties and Palestinian press and publication ordinance."

"In addition, the novel violates the law of child protection which bans any written or visual publications that addresses the child's instincts and make children like inappropriate behaviors which violate public decencies." 

The office of the Attorney General said that the decision to ban the novel did not violate the freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

The author and the publisher of the novel have been summoned for questioning.

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