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Journalists protest police 'violations' of media freedom

Nov. 14, 2013 10:19 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 16, 2013 9:28 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of journalists on Thursday organized a protest calling on Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to investigate various journalists' claims to have been mistreated by Palestinian police.

During a demonstration held in front of a government building in Ramallah, journalists demanded police put an end to "violations" of media freedom in Palestine.

In a letter to a Palestinian Authority spokesman Ehab Bseiso, the demonstrators cited two journalists' allegations of police abuse.

The letter denounced the detention of journalist Sami al-Sa'ei by Tulkarem security forces. Al-Sa'ei claims to have been detained for 12 hours without reason.

Additionally, according to the letter, Director of Bethlehem Radio 2000 George Qanawati was detained, insulted, and beaten by the police due to his criticism of PA security forces on his radio program.

"The arrest of colleague Qanawati and beating him constitutes a serious violation of media freedom," the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said Monday.

"We reiterate our demand for ... respect of freedom of expression in Palestine," the media rights group said.
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