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Soldiers raid office, home of detained journalist

Jan. 12, 2012 12:14 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 2:04 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli military forces on Thursday confiscated computers, mobile phones and camera memory cards from the office and home of a Palestinian journalist.

Soldiers raided Amin Abu Warda's office in Nablus at 3 a.m., his colleague Atef Doughlas told Ma'an, and confiscated several items, including a work computer and mobile phone.

Witnesses said Israeli forces also raided Abu Warda's home and confiscated his personal mobile and laptop as well as his son's mobile phone.

Abu Warda has been held in Israeli detention since Dec. 28, 2011. The journalist is being held without charge and has not been allowed to speak with a lawyer.

An Israeli court issued a decision to extend his arrest until January 15, 2012.

Palestinian media freedom group MADA slammed the arrest, saying it "stands in direct contravention to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression."

The group said Thursday that Israeli forces had escalated violations against journalists in December, with six journalists injured by gas projectiles fired at demonstrations.
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