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Press freedom groups blast Palestinian police violence

July 3, 2012 10:58 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2012 4:34 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Foreign press freedom groups have joined Palestinian media advocates in condemning two days of violent incidents involving journalists in Ramallah.

On Tuesday, the Vienna-based International Press Institute condemned the attacks on at least four journalists covering protests against Palestinian Authority policy in Ramallah.

“Journalists must be able to record and report on demonstrations without fear of attack by security personnel,” said IPI official Barbara Trionfi in a statement.

“The allegations ... are alarming, and we call on the authorities to conduct a full investigation that results in the prosecution of the responsible officers. Such actions reflect on the entire police force.”

A day earlier, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the violence.

"Palestinian journalists have a right and a duty to document demonstrations," said CPJ executive director Joel Simon, in a separate statement. "Authorities are responsible for ensuring that journalists can carry out their work without the threat of assault."
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