Days of Palestine
The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Authority said that the Israeli occupation forces are detaining 18 journalists in their prisons.
The Authority stated in a press statement today, Sunday, that the occupation forces recently arrested journalist Zina Halawani and photojournalist Wehbe Makiya, and brutally assaulted them, and they are still detained under the pretext of completing the investigation with them.
The detainees’ Authority added that the occupation authorities have recently escalated the pace of attacks against Palestinian journalists and media crews, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, whose residents are threatened with forced displacement in favor of settlers.
It explained that since the beginning of the confrontation and the emergence of marches condemning the systematic Israeli policies to harass the Palestinian people, specifically in Jerusalem, the occupation authorities have been working to obstruct the work of journalists and prevent them from conveying the truth and exposing the crimes committed against Palestinians.
It also added that the means of pursuing the occupation for journalists and media crews vary between arrest, summoning, suppression, seizing equipment, directly restricting freedom of movement and shooting, in addition to storming the headquarters and media institutions and seizing and closing their equipment.
The Association called on human rights and international organizations to send investigation committees to document violations committed against media crews and to hold the occupying power accountable for the crimes it committed against them while they were exercising their professional duty.