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NGO condemns detention of photographers by Palestinian security forces

Jan. 14, 2014 11:45 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 10:39 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian civil rights monitor condemned Palestinian security forces for allegedly detaining photographers and deleting video footage off their cameras during recent protests in Ramallah.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said that the actions violate "freedom of opinion and expression," and demanded authorities "enable journalists to exercise their professional duty freely," in a statement released on Sunday.

According to the statement, "members of the Palestinian National Security and the police detained Raya Media Agency photographers Samer Nazal and Shady Hatem," while they were covering clashes between security forces and residents of al-Jalazun refugee camp on Sunday.

Security forces confiscated their cameras during the detention.

Photographer Samer Nazal was quoted by the statement as saying: "After about a quarter of an hour they returned our cameras, but they deleted all footage and told us not to capture the faces of the security men or film their attacks on the people of the camp."

Clashes broke out in Ramallah on Sunday as part of a series of solidarity protests against UNRWA policies that have been held across the West Bank in recent weeks.
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