Gaza Centre:44 Israeli and Palestinian violation during January 2017
With the beginning of 2017 Israeli authorities continued its aggression against Palestinian journalists in the Palestinian territories. Gaza Center for Media Freedom recorded (44) violation cases, 35 of the cases were committed by the Israeli Authorities and the other 9 were committed by the local governments in the west Bank and Gaza strip.
The Israeli violation cases as following :
- the detentions of (9) Journalists : Muthana Rooster, Amon El-sheikh, Hisham Abu Shaqra, Mashhour Al-wahwah, Mahmoud Alian, and four of the crew of the Palestine TV" in the West Bank.
- Beating 5 journalists twice, the journalists are Muthana Al Deek , Amon sheikh, Mohammad Shusha, and Shadi Hatem,
- One case of Gas bomb attacking the journalist Maqbola Nassar car.
- Two injury cases for the journalists George Dabas and Muthana El-Deek.
- 4 breaking into cases, two for printing presses " Al-Nour" and "Al-Qasem" for media and advertisement. And one for the house of the journalist Mohamed Al-Qeqq , and the house of the journalist Sabri Jibril where they put surveillance cameras inside the house
- two cases of breaking and confiscation of the equipment. Breaking Muthana Al Deek’s camera, and confiscating the machines and computers of "Al-Nour" printing press.
The Palestinian violation cases are as following:
Gaza Centre recorded 9 violations.
- 4 cases were committed by local authorities in West bank.
- 5 cases were committed in Gaza strip.
The details of violation cases as following:
1/1/2017:Israeli occupation Court renewed the detention of journalist Omar Nizal, member of the General Secretariat of the journalists association for the fifth time.
3/1/2017: The Israeli occupation forces detained journalist Muthana Al Deek, a cameraman for "TRANS media" company for three hours and beating him during covering the accident north of Jenin.
3/1/2017: the Israeli Knesset ratified a law allowing the courts to remove and to delete the pages of inciting considers on the social communication and allowed the police to detain the publisher and brought him to trial.
5/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces detained the crew of Palestine TV on a barrier "Tiasir"east of Toubas in West Bank and the military union was called to intervene.
5/1/2017: the Israeli occupation forces attacked the journalist Amoon El sheikh the reporter for "Palestine today " channel while he is covering a demonstration against the settlement in the Vallies areas.
5/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces attacked severely beating the journalist Muthana Al Deek, a cameraman for the "TRANS media"and destroyed his camera,while he is covering a demonstration against the settlement in the Vallies area, which resulted in his injury .
10/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces detained four journalist from the crew of “Palestine TV” and their equipments for half an hour nearby the settlement "Kiryat Arbaa".
10/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces detained photographer Mashour El-Wahwah for "Wafa agency" for half an hour nearby the settlement of Kiryat Arbaa".
10/1/2017:The Court of the Israeli occupation had delayed the trial of the journalist Faisal al-Rifai, to March 2017, to have an investigation of the charges against him "induction on Facebook".
10/1/2017:Israeli occupation forces prevented the photographer Mohammad Radi and the reporter Ali dar Ali in “Palestine TV” from coverage the breaking into the eastern lane in Hazma village in Ramallah.
15/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces detained for the second time the journalist Mohamed El-Qeeq the reporter of "Al Majd channel" on a military block nearby the entrance of Ramallah, and he had a hunger strike for 86 days in protest against his administrative detention for the first time.
16/01/2017: Israeli occupation forces had put surveillance cameras inside the house of journalist Sabri Jibril from Bethlehem during breaking into his home and inspect it.
18/01/2017 the management of social communication "Facebook" deleted "page 48 newsletter” on the pretext of publishing " inductive posts ".
19/01/2017: Israeli occupation court extended the detention of journalist Mohamed |El-Qeeq for 72 hours under the pretext of "Preparing list of indictments" according to the Military Public Prosecutor request.
20/01/2017: Israeli occupation forces detained journalist Hisham Abu Shaqra photographer of "Al Anadol Agency" and violating him by paying "250 shekels" under the pretext of walking on foot to reach to the the popular resistance efficiency, and he did not own a driver license or a vehicle.
20/1/2017: Israeli occupation forces attacked on the cameramanof the Jordanian channel "Roaia" Mohamed Shusha and the photographer of "Raya Radio" Shadi Hatem beating and kicking team during the coverage of effectiveness in the village "Bab Al Shams" and preventing them from photography and coverage.
22/1/2017: Journalist George debis photographer of " AlArz Studio" media services injuried by a rubber bullet in the chest during covering a demonstration in the village of Arara southeast of Al-Nasra.
22/1/2017: The free journalist Maqbola Nassar car was hit by sound bomb during their coverage of a demonstration in the village of Arara southeast of Nasra under the protest against the demolition of homes in the village of Umm al Hayran in Naqab Desert.
25/1/2017:Israeli occupation forces detained photographer of "Associated Press Agency" Mahmoud Ali Alian during covering the killing of a young Palestinians by the occupation army at Mukhmas village southeast of Jerusalem and deleted the pictures from the camera then they released few hours later.
25/1/2017:Israeli occupation forces broke into the journalist Mohamed El-Qeeq house in Ramallah and called his wife Faihaa Shalash to investigate with her.
1/30/2017:Israeli occupation forces broke into printing press "Al-Nour" for media and advertisment in Ramallah, and stole the machines and computers.
1/30/2017:Israeli occupation forces broke into printing press "Al Qasem" for media and advertisment in Ramallah, and closed it.
1/31/2017: Israeli occupation court extended the administrative detention against the journalist Nidal Abu Akr the broadcaster of "Al-Wehda Radio " for six months.
Palestinian violations cases:
1/1/2017: Security authorities in Ramallah in the West Bank had investigated with the journalist Musab al-Saeed the reporter of "Turkish TRT Agency ", and it was an investigation on his work.
11/1/2017: The Security power detained the journalist Imad Abu Awwad from "Jerusalem channel" by the charge of" the receipt of funds from the Hamas Movement", and he declared his hunger strike.
12/1/2017: The security power in the Gaza Strip attacked each of the photographer Mohammad El-Baba from "the French Agency", the photographer Faris Al Ghoul from "Associated Press Agency" with beating , during their coverage to an demonstration against the power authority .
15/1/2017: the security power in Gaza Strip summonded the journalist Ahmad Saeed the broadcaster of "Al Shaab Radio " to investigate with him.
15/1/2017: the security power in the Gaza Strip detained the photographer Guevara Safadi from "Al-Watanya Agency for media", and his assistant Yacoub Saqr for two hours during their coverage of the demonstration against the power authority.
24/1/2017: security power in Bethlehem in the West Bank detained the journalist Islamabad Zaal Salem the reporter of "Bethlehem news network ", after being summoned for an interview in the centre of military intelligence.
1/31/2017: The Solh Court in Nablus in the West Bank postponed the trial of the writer, Abdul Sattar Qassem, professor of political science at Al Najah University to 28 March2017, for defamation to high positions and spreading fake news".
Gaza Center for Media Freedom confirms about the reporting all violations and all kinds of abuses against the freedom of the media and journalists in Palestine; in particular, the continuous violations of Israeli authorities. The centre condemns all violations and abuses against journalists and media institutions, and expresses its worries about the continued violations of Israeli occupation, and it is a danger on the journalists and their freedom of movement which requires from all international and Palestinian human rights institutions and media to make a serious move to stop targeting and abuse policy.
As the center calls the international community to the immediate interfere to cease their violations against journalists and press institutions in Palestine. The centre calls for an immediate release of all detained journalists and stop the summoning and investigation. The Center stated that it is necessary to respect all the international Law conventions which related to the freedom of media and to respect the article (19) of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
Gaza Center for Media Freedom always seeks to promote the right of free media and the right of obtaining information freely in Palestine. The centre insures its commitment to the defense of the rights of journalists and standing committee for the growth of development and professional performance and prospects of Palestinian journalists, and stresses its efforts to continue of support to the Palestinian press and media institutions and the new media through training and development programs and legal assistance, financial, logistical. Noted that the Center is independent and nonprofit institution works for the freedom and quality of media in Palestine.