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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday March 27th, 2013.
Repot shows escalating Israeli attacks against Palestinian journalists while human rights group worn of Israeli violations at the Gaza borders. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms’ MADA” released on Wednesday Annual Report on the violations against Media freedom in Palestine during 2012. The conference was held at MADA’s headquarter in Ramallah. MADA center reported 238 violations against journalists and Palestinian media outlets during the past year.
The Israeli Occupation Forces has committed approximately 70% of the overall total with 164 violations, while different Palestinian sides committed 74 violations, the equivalent of about 30% of the total violations. And in comparison with 2011 the violations have increased approximately about 11.5% (32 violations).
The report explained that Media freedom status in Palestine had no promising signs since the start of year 2012. The reported also noted that one of the Israeli violations resulted in the killing of three Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip during the latest Israeli military offensive targeting the costal enclave in November 2012.
Also on Wednesday the Palestinian center for Human rights PCHR announced that four Palestinian were killed and 66 others were injured in the buffer zones enforced by the Israeli army around the Gaza Strip since the cease fire deal was reached back in November of last year.
The center reported that among those 66 injured were 17 children. According to the PCHR report, after the implementation of the disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Israel has unilaterally and illegally implemented a so-called buffer zone, an area off-limits to Palestinians along the land and maritime borders of the Gaza Strip.
PCHR noted that no one knows the exact area classified by Israel as a ‘buffer zone’, and this policy is enforced usually through Israeli gunfire.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday March 27th, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.