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Hamas security forces detain Gazan journalist

Aug. 5, 2015 3:51 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 3:51 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas security forces on Wednesday detained a Gazan journalist several months after she wrote a report critical of the Hamas-run Ministry of Health, her father told Ma'an.

After journalist Mushira al-Hajj wrote the article, the Ministry of Health filed a complaint against her to the Hamas-affiliated attorney general, her father Tawfiq said.

Tawfiq, who is a local poet, said that both he and his daughter were asked to apologize about the report, but they refused. He said that his daughter's arrest on Wednesday followed as a result.

Gaza-based rights groups said in statements that she would initially be detained 48 hours for questioning in the coastal enclave's Ansar prison.

Mushira al-Hajj, 28, has worked with a number of local media outlets. She is married and has a daughter.

Earlier this year, a Palestinian journalist working for al-Jazeera accused security forces in Gaza of physically assaulting and detaining him.

The Gaza Center for Press Freedom reported hundreds of "violations of press freedom" to have taken place across the occupied Palestinian territories last year, in what was the deadliest year for Palestinian journalists on record.

While this included 295 violations committed by Israeli forces, it also included 82 violations of press freedom committed by Palestinian authorities, who arrested or summoned 28 journalists and injured or assaulted 26 more.
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Stan Squires / Canada
I wanted to say that this journalist,Mushira al-Hajj shouldn't have been arrested.Hamas should be more concerned about what Israel is doing than interfering with the work of this journalist.Hamas is making itself look bad by arresting this journalist.
05/11/2015 20:41
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