Israel urged again to free Palestinian journalists

first_img May 28, 2021 Find out more News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders called on the Israeli government again today to free five imprisoned Palestinian journalists after one of them, Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Hussam Abu Alan (photo), had his “administrative detention” for allegedly supporting “terrorists” extended for five months on 23 July. “The arrest of these five journalists was completely arbitrary,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon. “The authorities say two of them helped terrorist organisations, but they have offered no proof of this. The three others have not even been told why they are being held. Some of the five have now been imprisoned for more than three months in very bad conditions.”More than 20 Palestinian journalists have been arrested since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian towns and cities began on 29 March and some of them have been ill-treated.Photographer Alan was arrested on 24 April at the Beit Anun checkpoint near Hebron on his way to cover the funeral of two Palestinians in Bani Naim. Soldiers blindfolded and handcuffed him. The Israeli army told AFP in writing on 3 May that he was suspected of “helping the Tanzim terrorist organisation,” which is considered the armed wing of Al Fatah.He was put in administrative detention for three months on 22 May and this was extended on 23 July by a military court. His lawyer, Mohammed Burghal, has appealed the decision to the Israeli Supreme Court. Alan has been transferred from the very bad conditions at Ofer detention centre near Ramallah to Ketzion prison, in the Negev desert.Reuters sound man Yusri el-Jamal, who is also suspected of “helping a terrorist organisation,” was arrested by soldiers on 30 April in front of Hebron hospital where he was part of a crew filming wounded people. Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana was also arrested. They were taken, blindfolded and handcuffed, to the district coordination office, where they were forced to lie on the ground for several hours without food or drink. After they were interrogated the next morning, Dana received apologies and was freed. But Jamal was detained and the army told Reuters of their suspicions about him though, as with Alan, offering no proof. He was put in administrative detention for three months on 22 May. A military court on 18 June rejected his application for release and on 11 July his detention was extended by three months. He is in the Ketzion prison.Three other journalists are still being held without being told why. They are Khalid Ali Mohammed Zwawi, of the weekly El Istiqlal, was arrested in the middle of the night at his home in Nablus by Israeli soldiers who searched the house and seized material. He was taken to the Askalan detention centre and was recently transferred to Majedo prison.Kamel Ali Jbeil, of the daily paper Al-Quds, was arrested by Israeli soldiers in Ramallah on 18 April and was put into administrative detention for three months on 5 May. This was extended for another three months on 1 July. He is being held at the Ofer detention centre.Nizar Ramadan, correspondent of the newspaper Qater, was arrested in Hebron on 28 June, while he and his family were visiting neighbours, and taken to the Ofer detention centre. The same day, soldiers went to his office and seized and destroyed material there. On 6 July, the Israelis extended his detention by 18 days without explanation. His lawyer has not been allowed to visit him. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more July 30, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israel urged again to free Palestinian journalists Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Israel IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Organisation Authorities have ordered that the detention of Palestinian journalist Hussam Abu Alan (photo) be extended until December 2002. A photographer with the Agence France-Presse news agency, he has been held since April on suspicion of “assisting the Tanzim terrorist organization”. Four other Palestinian journalists are also being held by the Israeli army. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimeslast_img read more

UK readies application to join Pacific trade partnership

first_imgLONDON (AP) — It may be on the other side of the world but the U.K. is to apply to join a trade partnership involving many of the economics around the Pacific Ocean. A year after it formally left the European Union, the government said Saturday that wants to join the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will speak to officials in Japan and New Zealand on Monday to formally make the request. Negotiations are expected to commence this year. Supporters of Brexit said one of the main benefits lies in the ability of the country to forge its own trade deals with anyone around the world.last_img read more

Logue is perfect Saturday at Boone

first_imgJohnathon Logue was a double winner Saturday at Boone Speedway, topping both Hawkeye Chal­lenge and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod features. (Photo by Bryce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Logue had topped the Hawkeye Challenge, which featured cars from each weekly division run­ning a specified number (20-25) number of laps. He kept the top spot the remainder of the way to the checkers and the win, his third at Boone this season.  Longnecker kept the runner-up spot and Dustin Lynch was third. BOONE, Iowa (July 25) – Johnathon Logue made it a perfect night Saturday, following his Haw­keye Challenge victory with the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers at Boone Speedway.  By Joyce Eiselecenter_img Mike Smith also raced to his second Boone Speedway checkers of 2020 in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. Tim Ward collected his first local IMCA Modified feature win of the season while Jay Schmidt pre­vailed in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature for the second time.  With that $1,000 win already in hand, Logue drove from the 11th starting spot to catch leader Hunter Longnecker in the Northern SportMod main.  The two ran side-by-side for several laps until Logue made the pass for the lead on lap 11. last_img read more