Israeli Violations of Palestinian Media Freedoms in October Highest for 2017

Journalists regularly fall victim to Israeli army violence. (Photo: via MEMO, file)

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored 28 Israeli violations against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory in the month of October.

According to the group, the number of violations committed by Israeli forces increased from 22 in September to 27 in October, all of which were “serious attacks.”

Israeli violations of media freedoms in October included storming 10 offices and headquarters of Pal Media, Trans Media and Ramsat media companies in the cities of Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus, “confiscating their property and turning 94 journalists and employees working in these institutions jobless,” MADA said.

“Not only did these companies lose their work… but they have also endured heavy losses of equipment as a result of the destruction and confiscation of property,” MADA said, adding that these media companies provided at least 15 local, Arab and foreign TV channels with media services.

Israeli occupation forces arrested four Palestinian journalists during October, two of whom were working for Trans Media, and were arrested during the raid on the company’s offices.

(Maan, PC, Social Media)

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