No News is Good News

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    Jul 06, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    West Bank/Gaza: Stop Harassing Journalists
    Rise in Attacks, Detentions by Palestinian Security Services


    http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/04/06/west-bankgaza-stop-harassing-journalists

    (Ramallah) - Severe harassment by Palestinian Authority and Hamas security forces targeting Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza has had a pronounced chilling effect on freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. In a new report, Human Rights Watch called on Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza to hold their security forces to account for systematic, severe abuses and urged foreign donors to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to condition aid to security forces on concrete accountability measures.

    The 35-page report, "No News is Good News: Abuses Against Journalists by Palestinian Security Forces," documents cases in which security forces tortured, beat, and arbitrarily detained journalists, confiscated their equipment, and barred them from leaving the West Bank and Gaza.

    "Palestinian security forces are becoming notorious for assaulting and intimidating journalists who are just trying to do their jobs," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Both the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza need to end these blatant attacks on free expression."

    ...Hamas internal security services have repeatedly violated the rights of journalists covering popular demonstrations in Gaza against the political split between Hamas and the Fatah-led PA, Human Rights Watch said. For example, journalists told Human Rights Watch that on March 19, 2011, around 15 Hamas plainclothes security forces raided the offices of the Reuters news agency bureau in Gaza, smashed computers, and beat journalists, after pointing a gun at one of them and threatening to throw another out of a window. In another case, a reporter for the Al Quds radio station told Human Rights Watch that on March 27 Hamas police threatened, insulted, and detained him for more than an hour immediately after he had broadcast a report criticizing Hamas health officials. Security forces accosted him in a morgue where he had reported on a man, supposedly killed by an Israeli military attack, who was discovered still to be alive.

    ...Overall, the increasing number of alleged abuses against journalists takes place in the context of virtual impunity for serious human rights violations generally by PA security service officials, Human Rights Watch said. In total, Palestinian rights groups reported more than 200 allegations of torture by PA security agencies in 2010 - up from 164 complaints in 2009 - yet the courts have criminally prosecuted security officers for abusing detainees in only one case; a military court acquitted all five of the accused in July 2010.

    Human Rights Watch cannot point to instructions from PA leaders to the security services directing them to commit these violations, but the utter failure of the PA leadership to address the prevailing culture of impunity for such abuses suggests that they reflect government policy.
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    Not that this will stop the usual suspects from spamming their propaganda and attempting to hijack yet another topic, but note:
    Abuses by Hamas in Gaza as well as by Israeli military forces throughout the occupied Palestinian territories will be the focus of future reporting, Human Rights Watch said.

    So let's stick to this topc here.
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    a reporter for the Al Quds radio station told Human Rights Watch that on March 27 Hamas police threatened, insulted, and detained him for more than an hour immediately after he had broadcast a report criticizing Hamas health officials. Security forces accosted him in a morgue where he had reported on a man, supposedly killed by an Israeli military attack, who was discovered still to be alive.

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    Jul 06, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    According to Reporters Without Borders' annual Press Freedom Index, the PA/Hamas come in at #153 of 179 rankings (in the bottom 1/7th).
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    Jul 06, 2012 9:55 AM GMT
    LIL' AIPAC > Funny fact about this "Hamas", Israel helped create and fund them to get their organization up and running to discredit the PLO. Ha Ha, Israel's far right leadership got more than they bargained for lil

    They did get something to propagandize about and some bombs to take the attention off the PLO's 5 plus years of peacefull efforts at peace with Israel's far right leadership though. Oh what spinners the LIL'AIPAC's are at trying to get attention off Israels theft of West Bank Palestinian lands for illegal settlement building. US TAX DOLLARS AT WORK, Bet those IDF settlement guards are paid well and have plenty of ammo from all those US tax dollars.



    Say LIL'AIPAC, How's your Clinton Parameters coming ? You ever going to tell us how you put together your belief like your Professor father wrote, that Palestinians homeland is in Jordan not the Palestinian West Bank ? Why do you expect us to not see through your talking out of both sides of your mouth, so to speak. It seems that fanatic propagandists like you must think no one can see through your hypocrisy. Good luck with that !!


    Be sure to get back to us on your ruse about the Clinton Parameters, I've noticed you go quiet every time I corner you with these facts, Care to explain this time around or will you disappear and show up somewhere's else again ?

    The question isn't going to go away, I know right where all of them are posted for quick reference, to keep following you with the fact that you don't want to admit to, LOL, You make a fool of yourself and your cause with such tactics.

    We're waiting for your answers LIL'AIPAC.