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PA summons Palestinian columnist for interrogation
Published Wednesday 31/10/2012 (updated) 08/11/2012 22:52
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday summoned a Palestinian columnist to answer charges of libel and slander, a media rights group reported.

Jihad Harb was summoned by the public prosecutor after a complaint was filed by the president's office, said Mada, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms.

Harb is accused of a "direct insult to the employees in the Office of the President, through an article was written about two months ago," Mada said in a statement.

Attorney Raed Abdul-Hamid and a team of legal officials including the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate accompanied Harb to the interrogation, the group said.

Mada said it "condemns the continued and widening prosecution of journalists and writers on the back of their opinions and writings," and demanded an end to Harb's prosecution specifically.

"We express our concerns on the increasing number of complaints filled to the General Attorney this year that related to freedom of expression," the group said.

"This became a kind of indirect punishment to suppress freedom of expression through creating an atmosphere of fear," it said.

Last Wednesday the Palestinian Authority released two journalists on bail after they were arrested in September by preventive security forces, Mada said.

Walid Khaled of the Filistin newspaper and Quds press agency correspondent Mohamed Mona were arrested on Sept. 18 from their homes in Salfit and Nablus.

Both journalists were also detained by Israeli forces earlier this year.

Mada says nine journalists were arrested in the West Bank by PA forces in the first six months of 2012.
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1 ) Mel / USA
31/10/2012 19:46
WOW! Great display of POPULAR DEMOCRACY PA!? You guys have to get away from Zionism & Israel bosses.You're beginning to sound more like our USG,& Tel Aviv(your captors) i.e. dictatorship,propagandistic,militaristic,autocractic--oooops sorry,I mean-"democracy"! Freedom of speech means nothing to FEAR,nothing to HIDE! The 'Filistin'newspaper was established in highly-literate Palestine,LONG BEFORE Zionism came.And you want to shut that voice up,for the SAKE of your occupiers?? Shame on you!

2 ) Biraweee / palestine
01/11/2012 00:12
It's not slander when you are a punk ass bitch, Abu Mazen. By the way, I am in Al Bireh if you want to come arrest me too.

3 ) Al / USA
01/11/2012 06:16
@Mel/USA: You are an incredible liar! Simple fact-checking proves all, ALL, your allegations are false. I suggest that you seek a writer/editor position with maannews or any other Arab-owned media. They will love you and you get published without scrutiny every time (unless you criticise PA leadership!) LOL!

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/11/2012 09:32
Gosh, Mel. You're telling us you live in a dictatorship in America? So what are you continuing to live in your illegal settlement there? Why not emigrate to Palestine and help them build the word's best democracy? Come on, Mel. Do your part to give America back to its rightful owners.

5 ) southparkbear / usa
01/11/2012 17:59
freedom of speech!?!? cannot be translated into arabic. they don't use adverbs and adjectives

6 ) S. Wesley Mcgranor / U.S.
01/11/2012 18:13
Turn off the Western T.V. show. Stop submitting to ghlobal government--headed by the U.S....yet even the U.N. should be in disdain. March to Israel enmasse and do it.
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