MADA Demands Release Of All Detained Journalists

August 15, 2013 3:01 PM Saed Bannoura Human rights, News Report, West Bank 0
15 Aug
3:01 PM

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) demanded Israel to stop all of its violations against Palestinians journalists, and to release all detained reporters in compliance with International Law.MADA said that, on August 7, Israeli soldiers kidnapped Mohammad Mona, a reporter working for the Al-Quds Press Media Agency, after breaking into his home, and violently searching it, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Center added that, on August 8, another journalist, identified as Mohammad Awad, a cameraman working for Wattan TV, from Bodrus village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was also kidnapped by the army after the dozens of soldiers broke into his home and searched it.

His brother told MADA that the soldiers confiscated the personal computer of Awad, his mobile phone and several documents.

He was sentenced to six months in arbitrary Administrative Detention without charges.

The Center said that, on March 6, the army kidnapped a journalist identified as Waleed Khaled, and on March 10, the soldiers kidnapped another journalist identified as Baker Al-Atteely. Both are also held under Administrative Detention orders.

MADA strongly denounced the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against the journalists, and demanded the International Community to oblige Israel to release all detained reporters, as they imprisonment violates all human rights treaties.

It added that Israel must end its illegitimate Administrative Detention policies against the Palestinians, including journalists, adding that the detainees held under Administrative Detention are imprisoned without charges, or a fair trial.

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