Media Center Condemns Crackdown on Palestinian Press

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

I’lam, a media center based in Israel’s Palestinian town of Um Alfahim, has condemned Israel’s crackdown on three media outlets run by Palestinians, including Q Press, and Alamdina Newspaper, and confiscating their computers and documents.

The center said in a press statement that the Israeli campaign against Palestinian press and institutions has been ongoing since the Islamic Movement in Northern Israel was banned and dozens of activists belonging to the Democratic Coalition arrested.

The center expressed its outrage at the Israeli claim that these institutions “promote hatred.”

The center noted that the Israeli Shabak claimed that Q Press website, “has called on Palestinian worshipers to strengthen their presence at Al-Aqsa, but it paid no attention to the calls made by Israeli settlers to storm Al-Aqsa, in an attempt to change the status quo, especially during Jewish holidays.”

I’lam noted that this Israeli campaign against Palestinian press is an attempt to limit political activism and freedom of speech, which violates freedom of press and media workers.


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