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Fayyad: Press freedom essential for Palestinian state
Published Sunday 12/05/2013 (updated) 19/05/2013 12:01
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Freedom of the press must be an essential component of the Palestinian state, resigned premier Salam Fayyad said Sunday.

"When it comes to freedom of the press, there is nothing called excessive freedom," Fayyad said while addressing media at a photography awards ceremony in Ramallah.

"What we aim to do is to make the freedom of speech a part of our daily life, unrestrained by laws," he said.

Fayyad praised Palestinian journalists, especially photographers, and stressed the importance of capturing and circulating what is happening in Palestine.

The protection of the freedom of expression is one of the most important priorities of the Palestinian Authority's work, he added.

Palestine is ranked 146 out of 179 countries according to the 2012 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders.
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1 ) LOL press freedom in ISLAM? / what a joke
12/05/2013 18:57
Look at Syria Saudi Arabia Iran what a joke UNTIL ISLAM REFORMS and advances to 21st Century--FREEDOM OF SPEECH WILL BE FORBIDDE N

2 ) Boz / Oz
12/05/2013 19:31
Marvellous idea. When are we going to see some pro-Zionist articles published by this bastion of press freedom?

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
12/05/2013 19:41
Fatah and Hamas are afraid of a free press. They are so weak they cannot stand up to a few unarmed journalists, so they threaten them, jail them, and in some cases kill them. And we all know that weak dictators turn into military strong men - they take guns and suppress their own people and make up excuses for why the people cannot say what is on their minds. Palestine is going to be just another abusive military dictatorship. In fact, it already is.

4 ) Sonia / Canada
12/05/2013 22:43
Can there be freedom under Zionist colonialism? No...

5 ) Charity Clayton / UK
12/05/2013 23:43
Is Fayyad having a little joke? Bearing in mind arrests of journalists by the PA in the West Bank he is hardly in a position to make ANY comments about press freedoms.

6 ) Shlomo / New York
13/05/2013 00:42
At #2, Mr. Oz, You know that a pro-Zionist article is as likely to come out of Palestine as is a pro-Nazi article to come out of Israel.

7 ) Faris / Palestine
13/05/2013 00:46
#2 and 3, The fact that a Palestinian web site allows Zionists to leave comments is the equivalent of a the Holocaust museum allowing Nazi sympathizers to comment on their web site. You are criminals plain and simple, YOU ARE NAZIS.

8 ) Outlier / USA
13/05/2013 02:17
Let us see these brave words matched with brave deeds. Otherwise, they ring hollow.

9 ) Rami / Palestine
13/05/2013 12:45
#3 We're still waiting for the "freedom of press" denied to a Palestinian cartoonist currently tortured and detained in Israel.

10 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
14/05/2013 09:39
(3) Brian Cohen. Palestinians are already under a military dictatorship and it is called ZIONIST ISRAEl. You are the ones that threaten lives, Israeli Illan Pappe was shunned, after he wrote book.'The ethnic cleansing of Palestine'. Also Norman Finkelstein gets threats he also wrote and lectured about the treatment of the Palestinians, by the Zionist state. Where is this freedom of press what you boast about? What about the man who revealed Israel's nuclear weapons, he is still in prison!
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