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Ashrawi 'concerned by assaults on free expression'
Published Sunday 08/04/2012 (updated) 11/04/2012 09:16
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Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi (MaanImages/File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi expressed concern on Sunday about recent assaults on free speech.

"Freedom of expression and access to information is enshrined in the basic principles of the Palestinian Basic Law ... it is unacceptable to detain journalists, bloggers or Palestinian activists," the official, who is also head of the PLO Department of Culture and Media, said in a statement.

Palestinian forces have detained two journalists, an academic, and at least one other person in recent weeks for reports and Facebook comments critical of the Palestinian Authority, which authorities say are slanderous.

The arrests have provoked outcry among local and international press freedom groups. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate has launched a boycott of the new PA-sponsored press freedom prize, announced amid the wave of detentions.

Ashrawi called on Sunday for the protection of journalists, and steps to enable them to work freely.

"This attack on civil liberties is a dangerous precedent affecting the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, and will undermine the building of a free, democratic and pluralistic society," Ashrawi said.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
08/04/2012 19:25
palestinian journalists are free to speak about what's on their mind if it is in line with party line.

2 ) Truth Seeker / Palestine
08/04/2012 20:35
Ashrawi is 100% correct. This jordanian law needs to be abolished, along with the death penalty.

3 ) Nour / One-State
08/04/2012 21:33
Ashrawi is shining star in the darkness that is the PLO.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
08/04/2012 22:56
Palestinian version of "administrative detention". Sound familiar ?

5 ) Vacy / Australia
09/04/2012 01:07
Crushing freedom of the press is the policy of dictatorships.

6 ) Mel / Gaza
09/04/2012 07:04
#3. Well said Nour! Thank you Hanan for speaking out.

7 ) Amos / Israel
09/04/2012 08:13
ZLOLOLOLLOL


Islam and freedeom of speech?

WHERE?

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
09/04/2012 10:23
As a Christian in the PA, Ashrawi is an endangered species. We already know that Hamas is trying to chase out the remaining Christians in Gaza, and ask any Christian in the Bethlehem area if they don't feel the pressure. Odds are they are too afraid to answer truthfully, but the population statistics show it all. Under PA rule the Christian population of the PA is plummeting, while in Israel the Christian population is growing. Freedom? Not likely in "Palestine".

9 ) Mel / Gaza
09/04/2012 11:01
@Brian Cohen. "ask any Christian in the Bethlehem area if they don't feel the pressure" ... go ahead ask them. They surely feel pressured but not because of Palestinian Muslims... because of the aggressive occupation by Israel!!! "We already know that Hamas is trying to chase out the remaining Christians in Gaza..." how do you know???

10 ) George / Palestine
09/04/2012 11:04
Brian Cohen, Palestinian Christians did not ask you to become our "advocate". Keep your propaganda for Arutz Sheva or any settler related organization. It will pain until the end of your days that you could not divide our people between Christians and Muslims.

11 ) Mel / Gaza
09/04/2012 11:18
We may not agree with everything. But fact is that we all (Christians and Muslims alike) are truly suffering from a brutal, aggressive Israeli siege!

12 ) Nour / One-State
09/04/2012 11:41
#10 George, well said. From a person born to Muslim parents, I salute you my brother. I adore Christians, in fact I love them! Palestinian Christians are the best. Educated, smart, eloquent (like Hanan), and a big pride for our people and our collective ancient history in the holy land. My internship as a young architect was to renovate a church. I say that with pride. No matter how hard they try to divide the Palestinian people, they will fail, again and again! Let them languish.

13 ) No-Nour / No-State
09/04/2012 16:01
It is easy for her to exercise freedom of speech and expressions while holding Israeli resident card and living in Jerusalem. It would be a little bit trickier to do the same living in Gaza under Hamas watch.

14 ) Robby / USA
09/04/2012 16:59
4 ) Arnold / Canada - I agree. Haven't heard of any hunger strikes though.

15 ) Mel / Gaza
09/04/2012 17:50
@#13. Well, here I am "living in Gaza under Hamas watch" and I repeat the same words. Well said George! We adore our Christian brothers and sisters and we are proud of our shared heritage! You cannot break us no matter how hard you try!

16 ) freedom / Palestine
09/04/2012 20:50
#13 It is not easy for any Palestinian, Christian or Muslim, to practice any kind of freedom because of Israel's apartheid regime, siege and human rights abuses against Palestinians. Dr. Ashrawi has every right to hold a Jerusalem ID card as a Palestinian (Jerusalem is OCCUPIED) and she has worked for decades for human rights and freedom of Palestinians and earned the respect of Palestinians and the international community. She speaks out despite the abuse and constant harassment.

17 ) Kerstin Lundgren / Sweden
09/04/2012 21:28
As a partner for democracy PA and Council of Europe parliamentary assembly have an agreement to follow up. That is about PA abandon the death penalty and promote freedom of speach and expression...among other things..Bad news coming up.

18 ) Mel / Gaza
09/04/2012 22:14
#17. I truly appreciate your efforts and while freedom of speech is a problem with the PA it is also a problem so it seems in Europe... see Guenther Grass.

19 ) southparkbear / usa
10/04/2012 09:42
helen thomas should be the only reporter for the palestinian people. she's capable showing palestinian democtatorship with all its glory

20 ) John / USA
11/04/2012 00:11
Yes, I swore never to comment here again. But I just have to say God Bless Mrs. Ashrawi and her family. Noor is right, she is the shinning star of the PA.
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