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Palestinian Journalists Syndicate denounces editor's ongoing detention

Jan. 15, 2010 3:13 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2010 5:47 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma'an – The largest media union in the occupied Palestinian territories on Thursday condemned a decision taken by Israeli authorities earlier this week to deport one of Ma'an News Agency's top journalists.

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, to which chief English editor Jared Malsin and every other journalist employed by Ma'an belongs, likened the expected deportation to "an act of piracy carried out against press freedom."

Naim Tubasi, who heads the syndicate, told Ma'an that the move to obstruct Malsin's freedom of movement and ability to report would violate international law in regard to the protection of journalists.

"This act comes within a series of assaults carried out by Israel toward Palestinian and international journalists who work in the Palestinian territories," he added.

Tubasi urged the International Federation of Journalists, the Arab Union of Journalists, and other human rights organizations and media networks to denounce the decision, and to urgently intervene to prevent Malsin's expulsion.

He also vowed that the union would carry out large-scale protests if Israel ultimately ignores international concern over Malsin's case.
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