PPF is concerned over the violation against press freedom in Palestine

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written letters to Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of Palestine and Benjamin Netanyahu, President of Israel to express concerned over violation against press freedom in Palestine.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letters urged the government of Israel and Palestine to end violating the press freedom in Palestine and ensure that media outlets can freely perform their work.

According to Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms – MADA, on October 13, Nidal Asmar Al Natsheh, photographer of Ramsat agency was arrested from his office which was raided.  Palestinian Intelligence also arrested cameraman of Al Quds Educational Channel Mahmoud Mattar for five days, in Jenin governorate.

Internal Security Service in Gaza continued to prosecuting in order to harass a program presenter at AL Nahar Channel Nuha Abu Amro as she was summoned and interrogated twice and her mobile was confiscated and accessed her personal account on Facebook without her permission.

On October 4, Palestinian security, banned journalists in Ramallah city center from covering a pro- Fatah demonstration started at al Manarah square, and the other organized by activists that was supposed to start at Arafat square near al Manarah square.

On October 16, Israeli forces stormed into the printing house in Hebron in the early morning. The Israeli forces searched and confiscated the equipments of the printing house which disturbed its work.

In another case on October 9, an Israeli soldier shot and wounded AP cameraman Majdi Mohammed Shtayyeh in the back with a rubber bullet while he was covering the arrest of a citizen in the town of Al-Ram.

Furthermore, on October 4, Israeli forces detained dozens of journalists when they were participating in a tour organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Information in the Jordan Valley. And they claimed that the journalists were present in a restricted zone.