maandag 26 mei 2008

PCHR veroordeeld aanhouding 2 journalisten door politie Gaza

De rechten van journalisten worden met voeten getreden in de door Hamas gecontroleerde Gazastrook. PCHR protesteert hier geregeld tegen, maar er wordt niets tegen ondernomen.



Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Press Release




Ref: 50/2008

Date: 25 May 2008

Time: 10:30 GMT



PCHR Condemns Detention of 2 Journalists by Police in Gaza


PCHR strongly condemns the detention of journalist Samir Khalifa, Sudan TV Correspondent, and Ramattan cameraman Ahmad El-Ras by Police in Gaza City. The Centre stresses that the right to freedom of expression and exchange of information are basic rights guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights instruments.


The Center's preliminary investigation and the testimony of Samir Khalifa indicate that at approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 24 May, a Police patrol intercepted journalist Samir Khalifa and cameraman Ahmad El-Ras in Palestine Square in the center of Gaza City. Both journalists had just finished a special report for Sudan TV. The Police forced the two to accompany them to the Sheja'eya Police Station near Palestine Square. In the station, the Police confiscated the cell phone of Ahmad El-Ras; while Khalifa refused to surrender his phone. He called Ramattan News Agency who sent a representative to the Police Station to check into the issue. After about 90 minutes, Khalifa met the Police Commander in the station, who informed him that the detention was on the suspicion that he had returned to work for Palestine TV. Both were released at approximately 16:30.


PCHR condemns the continuation of attacks on journalists and obstructing their work, and:

  1. Calls for keeping journalists out of the ongoing power struggle between Fatah and Hamas.
  2. Affirms that freedom of expression is guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and relevant international instruments. 


Public Document


For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 - 2825893

PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip. E-mail:, Webpage



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