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Committee to Protect Journalists: Release Malsin immediately

Jan. 15, 2010 4:49 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 15, 2010 6:46 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Committee to Protect Journalists called for the immediate release in Israel of Jared Malsin, editor-in-chief of the English-language section of the independent Ma'an News Agency.

"We are alarmed by the Israeli government's efforts to deport Jared Malsin on vague security charges," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem, in a statement.

"We call on the Israeli authorities to ensure that our colleague be allowed to carry out his work without further harassment," he added.

Malsin, a US citizen, was returning to Bethlehem, where he works, from a trip to Prague with his girlfriend, Faith Rowold, when Israeli authorities stopped them at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. A hearing has been scheduled for Sunday.

George Hale, an editor at Ma'an, told CPJ that around 11 pm on Tuesday, the authorities informed both Malsin and Rowold that they had been denied entry for "security reasons." Their mobile phones were briefly returned to them, only to be confiscated again just after midnight when they were transferred to holding cells.

The Israeli Ministry of Interior issued a deportation order on Wednesday morning against Malsin for "security reasons," according to his lawyer, Castro Daoud. "Interrogation transcripts show that Malsin was deemed a security risk because of his political beliefs," he told CPJ. "Security at the airport gathered news stories written by him which they deemed critical of the State of Israel."

He added that security officials also interrogated Malsin about a pro-Palestinian activist group called the International Solidarity Movement. "My client has no affiliation with any activist group; the allegations that he represents a security risk are baseless," Daoud added.

Malsin was slated for expulsion on 14 January but Daoud succeeded in obtaining an injunction against the order. "We successfully appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court to overrule the Ministry of Interior’s decision thanks to pressure from the U.S. Embassy," Daoud told CPJ.

Israeli authorities do not recognize Ma'an, the largest news network in the Palestinian territories, as a news organization and as such Malsin may have been entering Israel and the occupied territories on three-month visitor's visas. But colleagues say he has a working relationship with the Israeli military and civilian authorities and was recently invited to tour a military base on a settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Malsin has been denied access to a shower, clean clothes, and reading and writing materials, according to Hale, who was able to briefly talk to Malsin on Thursday when he was visited by a US Embassy official.
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