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MADA: Israel extends detention of journalist

Nov. 22, 2011 1:41 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 23, 2011 2:17 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have extended the detention of a Palestinian journalist arrested on Nov. 16, a rights group said Tuesday.

The brother of Isra Salhab told The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) that an Israeli court decided Monday to extend her detention until Nov. 25.

No charges have been brought against Salhab, 26, who works as a presenter on the satellite station Al-Quds TV.

Reporters Without Borders said on Saturday that Salhab was brought before a military court after her arrest for a closed-door hearing.

MADA strongly condemned the detention of journalists and called upon international bodies to "exercise real pressure on occupation authorities and demand the immediate release of Salhab" and other journalists detained by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces detained Palestinian journalist Raed al-Sharif, 23, last week from his home in Hebron. An Israeli army spokeswoman had said that al-Sharif was arrested for "suspected involvement in terrorist activity."

Also last week, an Israeli military court in the West Bank extended the detention of newspaper journalist Walid Khaled, who was detained on May 8 and has spent six months in detention, Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.

The organization said it was "concerned by new round of Israeli arrests of Palestinian journalists in Jerusalem and the West Bank in the past few days, suggesting that a tougher line is being taken towards the Palestinian media."
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