Israel detains 17 Palestinian journalists, rights group says – Middle East Monitor

Israeli occupation forces are currently holding 17 Palestinian journalists in detention, the Journalists Support Committee (JSC) announced yesterday. According to the committee, the latest to be arrested is 56-year-old former prisoner Nidal Abu Akar, after Israeli forces raided his home in Bethlehem.

Abu Aker was only released in May after just under two years in prison. In total, he has been held by Israel for 18 years, mostly under the administrative detention system, which means he was imprisoned without charge or trial.

The rights group pointed out that the occupation army also banned two Palestinian journalists from travel in July. “The travel ban and arrests are part of the occupation’s attempt to restrict the telling of the truth and the exposure of its crimes to the world,” the JSC noted. “Israel imposes repressive measures to prevent journalists from carrying out their work, including traveling to carry out their professional duties.”

The occupation state, the commission reiterated, violates the “freedom of expression and movement” of journalists. He described these measures as “collective punishment and a violation of the fundamental international and humanitarian rights of journalists”.

The committee called on the International Federation of Journalists to intervene to put an end to the acts of the occupation aimed at restricting the free movement of journalists. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli authorities on the JSC’s statements.

Rights organizations point out that around 4,650 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons.

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