Middle East

Apr 10, 2012

‘Black week for a free press in Palestine’: journos, academic arrested

It may be the season in Palestine but we are a long way from last year’s Arab Spring uprisings, writes Nigel O'Connor, a freelance journalist and writer in Palestine.

It may be the season in Palestine but we are a long way from last year’s Arab Spring uprisings. In an apparent crackdown on criticism of government ministers and administrators, by the Palestinian Authority, three journalists and an academic have been arrested by government authorities over the past fortnight.

“Last week was a black week for a free press in Palestine,” said union leader Omar Nazzel, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate. “Journalists have been arrested and held for several hours in the past but this is the first time since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority that journalists have been sentenced by the court.”

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