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Published Thursday 28/03/2013 (updated) 09/04/2013 21:14
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas has pardoned a journalist whose year-long sentence for insulting him on Facebook was upheld earlier Thursday.

Abbas' office said in a statement that the president had pardoned Mamdouh Hamamreh, a correspondent for al-Quds satellite channel, hours after a Bethlehem court rejected the reporter's appeal against the jail term.

Hamamreh was charged over a photo posted to Facebook juxtaposing Abbas beside a similar-looking man who plays the part of a collaborator with French colonial forces in an old Syrian television drama.

"They resemble each other in everything," a caption read.

Journalists and media watchdogs, saying Hamamreh was only "tagged" in the photo and did not create it, criticized the ruling and curbs on media freedom by the Palestinian Authority.

"(Hamamreh) didn't even publish the picture. When images online are criminalised, it's a very serious violation of basic rights of expression," said Riham Abu Aita of Mada, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms.

"We don't have a king, we have a president," she said.

Hamamreh is the second Palestinian to be pardoned for insulting Abbas this year.

A court in the northern West Bank city of Nablus in February sentenced a local man to a year in prison for creating a picture of Abbas to make him look like a football player, and entitled it "the new striker for Real Madrid".

Anas Awad, 26, denied he had intended any offence and the president promptly pardoned him.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
29/03/2013 00:22
Notice that Mel, Colin Wright, Gabi and the rest are absent from the comments here. They have a tough time with the real Palestine - the one that pretends to be a democracy but is in reality just another cheap Arab dictatorship.

2 ) Charity Clayton / UK
29/03/2013 01:44
Abbas and his supporters take themselves very much too seriously! What a sad regime this is!

3 ) yasir / .....
29/03/2013 09:09
abbas is a collaborator.?

4 ) Ali Ahmed / Palestine
29/03/2013 10:25
Is not a pardon you need ,its time to change the law and allow people to the freedom of speech ..Its not an insult to oppose Abbas or any one in position of power .

5 ) Rami / Palestine
03/04/2013 10:10
#1 What Israeli country are you living in the "Western Democracy" that denies basic rights to a 3rd of its population? or the Ethnocratic Religous state that believes that non-jews are sub humans?

6 ) Omar / USA
11/04/2013 04:05
Mahmoud Abbas, without underwear, shit on by all his people. Please translate to see some lovely Arabic poetry.

7 ) Fatmeh / Palestine
11/04/2013 11:28
Ras Roos, Hameer Et-youse, Nut Abbas Al 3roos. Mahmoud Abbas Bela Bass, Shackhou 3ley, Kul Al Nass. Truth is Beauty and Beauty is Truth my dearest President. God forbid if I insulted you Mr. Presidente. Oh but you shouldn't mind, after all you sold your soul and your people out for a few NIS. I will never forget that you said you would like to visit Safad, but you don't have the right to live there. You are truly a walking piece of garbage. Sorry, did I insult you again?

8 ) @#6 &7 / hahaha
28/04/2013 22:20
I love it, you guys are right. Mahmoud Abbas is bella bass!!
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