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MADA: 39 violations against media freedoms during June 2016

Ramallah-13/7/2016  A remarkable escalation in the total number of violations against media freedoms in Palestine during June 2016 compared to the previous month, as monitored by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms "MADA", a total of 39 violations; as 27 violations were committed by different Palestinian apparatuses in (West Bank and Gaza Strip) Israeli occupation forces  committed 12 violations.
The aforementioned entails an increase of 12 points in June compared to what was monitored in May 27 violations; noting that the bulk of all violations in May (17) were committed by the Israeli Occupation, in contrast, to the month of June, where Palestinian apparatuses committed most of the violations.
 
Israeli Violation:
 
Israeli occupation forces and police committed 12 violations during June including the arrest of three journalists rather than interrogating, assaulting and preventing from coverage and confiscating of equipment.
 
 IOF arrested a media lecturer in Birzeit University on 20/06 p Naser Al-Deen Jamal Khasib from his home and confiscated his personal computer and a cellphone, moreover Israeli Occupation Intelligence and Police on 30/06 arrested "Al Jazeera Net" photographer  Iyad Salman Altawil after raiding and searching his house in Jerusalem city and confiscating his personal computer and a camera. 
Israeli Occupation police detained on 30/6 Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Hanna Karram and his colleague, Al Jazeera Labib  videographer Abdel Fattah Jazmawi and interrogated them while they were heading to Hebron to cover incidents there, moreover on 20/06 IOF arrested  Adib Barakat Al Atrash, after raiding  his house in Hebron, furthermore Israeli Occupation police banned on 27/6 the correspondent of  "Palestine today" TV in Jerusalem, Ahmed Nayef Jaradat and several other journalists from covering the raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers  and the beat of the public relation officer of Al- Awkaf/ Firas Al Dibes.
 
 
 
Palestinian Violation:
 
Unexpectedly, total number of Palestinian violations against media freedoms during June exceeded the total number of Israeli violations against media freedoms in Palestine, 
MADA monitored 27 Palestinian violations during last month , 14 violations were committed in the West Bank and 13 in Gaza Strip.
Rather than other violations as banning reporters/ correspondents from coverage by the guards of the UN Secretary General during his visit to Gaza Strip.
 
 It was noted throughout the Palestinian violations, whether those recorded in the West Bank or Gaza Strip, that security services were deliberately intending to put pressure on journalists in order to silence them.
In Gaza Strip a total of 13 summons and one interrogation against one journalist, in West Bank summons and  interrogation accompanied with prolonged detention rather than the unjustifiable use of violence during the arrest of some journalists. 
 
On 01/06 at night the Palestinian intelligence arrested the cameraman of “Al Aqsa” TV Amir Khalil Abu Arram in a brutal way, in the street near his home, after surrounding his vehicle in Birzeit town, subsequently he was detained for five days, on the same day (01/06) Palestinian Intelligence  service summoned “Al-Yarmouk” TV correspondent in Tubas city (north of West Bank) Zaid Mustafa Abu Arrah from Aqabah village, and detained him till midnight, afterwards he was summoned three times, whilst he was also summoned by Palestinian Intelligence in Nablus on 11/06 interrogated and detained him till midnight.
 
In Gaza, the internal security service subjected editor and programs producer in “Sawt Felasteen” (voice of Palestine) Jamil Ahmed Muammar to a series of summons, interrogation and detention for over 13 days in a row (that lasted between 24/5 until 5/6) after publishing an article titeled " Administrative and Financial corruption within the leadership of Hamas ", on 15/06 members of Palestinian Police assaulted the reporter of " Wattan TV” Jihad Mahmoud Qassem with beating and detained him and a colleague of his, Wattan TV Cameraman  Ameer Hamayel, and banned them from covering incidents in Al Am’ary refugee Camp near Ramallah, On 25/06 Palestinian intelligence arrested the correspondent of  “Shihab news” Amer Abdul Hakim Abu Arafa from Hebron, while he was filming in Nablus, detained him and subjected him for interrogation several hours.
On 27/06 Palestinian Security force raided the freelance journalist home Susan Al Ewiwi at night searched the house and confiscated her personal computer, documents and the memory card of her camera.
 
As other violations, on 28/06 during the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visit to Gaza Strip his guards banned at least 10 journalists from covering a press conference held in Gaza, noting that they previously provided their names to arrange their attendance of the conference in Gaza.
 
 
June violations in Details:
 
(01/06)-  Palestinian Intelligence force  arrested on the night of 01/06 the cameraman of Al Aqsa TV Amir Khalil Abu Arram  (24 years) in a brutal way from the street near his home after they surrounded his car and stopped it  in Birzeit town, which coincided with a shooting in the air, subsequently, Abu Arram was detained for five days, as after his release he reported to MADA "I was arrested on Wednesday, 01/06 at about nine thirty in the evening, after I left the house at about 100 meters two civil cars carrying security personnel in civilian dress, intercepted the car and fired in the air, once they forced me to get out of the car  in a brutal way through pushing me intensively and twitching without identifying themselves, later they took me to the headquarters of the intelligence headquarters in Ramallah, after taking my belongings, interrogation started,  it was almost a continuous investigation since the moment of my arrest until the moment of my release. "
 
"I was interrogated precisely about my job as a journalist, as who helped to work in the TV, what reports we usually prepare and about what, and particularly about a report we conducted on a family of a detained child, I spent the first night of my arrest since 10 pm till 05:00 am standing on my feet and handcuffed strongly and blindfolded which left me in a severe pain , the bad circumstances of my arrest led to transferring me to Ramallah hospital and there I stayed only for 10 minutes and I was again sent back to the intelligence headquarters, on the same day they extended my detention for extra 15 days to complete the interrogation that lasted for many hours, I was on hunger strike from the moment of my arrest until the moment of my release. "
He also added "on Sunday morning (5/6) I was presented to Court, where my lawyer demanded my release, and they responded, hence, I was released without a bail or conditions around 7:00 pm of the same day”. 
 
(01/06) - the Palestinian intelligence service summoned the correspondent of Al Yarmouk TV Zaid Mustafa Abu Arrah  (29 year) , from the village of Aqabah, Tubas governorate, detained him until midnight and interrogated him, as he reported to MADA "On (1/6) I received a phone call at about 9:30 am from the intelligence Center in Tubas asking me to present myself immediately there, where they kept on shifting  me  between the cell and the interrogation room with no interrogation, meanwhile, they demanded my facebook password and the passwords of two e-mails of mine”.
Abu Arra also added “ (in the evening) the interrogation began about a page on Facebook / Tubas News / which I created in the past and deactivated it a year ago, they also accused me of creating an Islamic blog in Tubas as once I shared a congratulatory of a family member on it, which I had nothing to do with it, they also inquired my news sources, emphasizing they are all from Hamas,  I stayed in the interrogation until 11:00pm, where I was released after signing the affidavit, under a condition of coming back next Sunday 05/06"
 
“on 05/06 I went back but they didn’t interrogate me, and I was asked to come back on Tuesday 07/06, on 07/06 they also didn’t interrogate me and asked me to come back after two weeks without setting a date”. He also added ”on 11/06 I received a phone call from the intelligence  headquarter  in Tubas asking me to go the next day to the intelligence headquarters in Nablus, and for the first time they informed me that I am summoned relating to my colleague Tareq Abu Zeid case(correspondent of Al Aqsa TV who was arrested during May 2016)”.
He also added "I informed the journalists' syndicate about the incident, on the due date I went to the intelligence headquarters in Tubas then to Nablus on time, at 10:00am where they started their interrogation regarding my colleague Tareq Abu Zeid, since when I know him, What is the type of our relation, noting that I had a training with him in the past on field work (television reports).
 
all the questions revolved about the same topic, afterwards I was transferred to Al juneid detention center (in Nablus city) where I was subjected to the same questions, they searched my mobile, with all its apps after I signed the affidavit, they requested me to bring my two personal computers and the hard desk the next day, but they changed their minds and asked me to send the requested devices in the same car that will drop me home, I was released at around 12:00am, and my devices are still reserved with them,” “04/07/2016”. 
(24/05-05/06)- Internal security service in Gaza subjected editor and programs producer  in “Sawt Felasteen radio” Jamil Ahmed Muammar (40 years) to a series of summons, interrogation and detention for over 13 days in a row (that lasted between 24/5 until 5/6) after publishing an article titled " Administrative and Financial corruption within the leadership of Hamas” as Muammar reported to MADA”I suffered from several harassments after writing an article that tackled the issue of "Financial and Administrative corruption within the leadership of Hamas” and sent it to several sites to be published , but one of them didn’t publish it instead they sent it to the internal security, noting that it was published on other sites”. 
 
He also added “on 24/05 at around 09:00am I received a phone call from a private caller asking me to present myself within one hour to (Abu Khadra- headquarters) for internal security in Gaza, when I demanded to receive an official warrant as I doubt the credibility of the call, the caller yelled and told me they had a previous idea on how insurgent I am, and assured that I should attend within an hour, I consulted some friends and I headed to the internal security headquarters, I was detained in a closed dark room till 08:00pm, after confiscating my passport and personal identity, then someone came and informed me that I can leave but to show up again at the quarters the next day 25/05 at 09:30am, upon their request I headed to the headquarters on time, when I was escorted to the interrogation room with three investigators, they accused me of publishing a report claiming and accusing Hamas with financial and administrative corruption, on one of the sites,  and that two of its leaders (including a minister) stole an amount of money and  disagreed on dividing the amount fairly, and that  I heard  the call phone between them, I denied all their claims as the website did not publish my report, and the others remove it right after 24 hours, noting that some of the sites did not disclose my name, and others publish it under a Pseudonym”
 
  He also added “ they accused me of escalation against Hamas, and misleading relating to what I wrote about the children who were burnt in Al shatee’ Refujee Camp, I stayed there from 11:00am till 04:00pm for interrogation, till I was released, under a condition to present myself the next day, this procedure lasted for 11 days (from 26/05 till 05/06); presenting myself at their headquarters upon their request, as each time I was detained in a dark room with no interrogation, on 06/05 I was summoned to receive my passport and ID, and I was subjected to a verbal pledge that in case of publishing any similar report or even a word on the situation in Gaza or Hamas in future I will be exposed to a severe punishment”.  
 
(15/06)- Members of Palestinian Police assaulted the reporter of " Wattan TV” Jihad Mahmoud Qassem (7 years) with beating and detained him and a colleague of his, Wattan TV cameraman Ameer Hamayel (28 years) , and banned them from covering incidents in Al Am’ary refugee Camp near Ramallah, as Qassem reported to MADA” I was heading with my colleague the TV cameraman Ameer Hamayel on 15/06 to cover raid operations of security services to refugee camps, particularly al- Amari refugee camp, upon arrival policemen headed toward us in a barbaric and brutal way asking us who we are, informing us that filming is prohibited, I demanded to talk to the officer in charge as before heading to cover the incident  I contacted the office Loay Izrekat( the police spokeperson) and he is aware of the coverage, the officer replied in a rude way that there is no official among them I can talk to, hence, I recalled the officer Izriqat to inform him that we were banned from covering, I waited for his call in 10 minutes upon our agreement, while waiting, one of the security personnel came to me; wondering if I was a policeman when I replied that I am a journalist he asked me to open my mobile and show him all photos, I informed him that I did not capture any photo,  following an intense debate among us I asked him to head with me to the police station, and there I can open the phone but he refused and started shouting, that resulted in other policemen gathered around us, as one of them hit me on the face, they also pushed me in their vehicle and they started to punch me, hit me and insult me, they confiscated my phone and detained me in the police car for half an hour, afterwards I was transferred to the police station where I was released, my colleague Ameer wasn’t subjected to any violation as since the beginning he was forced to stay in the car”.
 
(20/06)- IOF arrested the media lecturer in Birzeit University Naser Al-Deen Jamal Khasib  (25 years) from his home in Arura town Ramallah governorate, and confiscated his personal computer and a mobile as his mother reported to MADA” a force of IOF raided our house on around 03:00am  of 20/06, and one of the soldiers took Naser to one room for ten minutes, I have no idea what they talked about, afterwards they asked Naser to join them (arrested him) the soldier informed me that we will know the reasons of arrest later”. She also added” they didn’t search the house but they confiscated Nasser’s personal computer and mobile”.
 
(20/06)- IOF arrested the journalist Adib Brakat Al-Atrash (26 years) from his home in Hebron city as his brother reported to MADA “a force of IOF raided our house in Hebron around 3:00am of 20/06, they asked us to leave the house to the yard, and the officer requested all our IDs, later the officer asked about my brother’s house, we guided him to his room as he recently returned from travelling, they arrested him and confiscated his mobile, they informed us that they will interrogate him to learn few things”.
He also added “my brother Adib was presented to Ofer military court on 28/06 where his detention was extended for an extra week without disclosing his indictment, currently he is detained at Maskobiyeh detention center(in Jerusalem)”.
 
 (25/06)- The Palestinian intelligence service arrested the correspondent of “Shihab News Agency ” Amer Abdul Hakim Abu Arafa (33years) while he was filming the marketplace in Nablus city and  detained him for seven hours as he reported to MADA ”at around 05:00pm of 25/06 while wandering  in Nablus market filming pastry shops a force of intelligence service attacked and arrested me, and I was transferred to Al juneid detention Center while I was subjected to seven hours of interrogation, I was interrogated about the nature of my work  at the agency, and who is our director and how I submit the reports and who are the(agency) correspondents,  I was released at around 3:00am”. 
 
 ( 27/06)- a large force of Palestinian Security raided the freelance journalist home Susan Al Ewiwi at night, searched the house and confiscated her personal computer, documents and the memory card of her camera, she reported to MADA “at around 10:30 pm on Monday 27/06, my sister in law called me and informed me that a force of Palestinian security raided their house and asked about her brother (my husband/ Hussam Mohammad Zakaria Ewiwi) and as soon as I hanged up the phone I heard knocks on the door to find a large troop of Palestinian security services informing me that they want to search the house”.
She also added” the officer in charge refused to present themselves, or to which security service they belong or at least to present a search warrant, thus they raided the house and searched it, once I asked him about his name sometimes he said (Abu Musaab Al Zarkawi) and other times (Sameeh Al Madhoun), and as they insisted to search the house in such a way I raised my camera and started on filming, and when they protested I inform them it is my right to know who is searching my place, which drove them angry and confiscated the memory card, moreover they confiscated a personal computer and some documents, they also took my husband to the intelligence headquarters and detained him for an hour and a half, and then released him”.
 
(27/06)- Israeli Occupation police banned on 27/6 the correspondent of  "Palestine today" TV in Jerusalem, Ahmed Nayef Jaradat (25years) and several other journalists from covering the raid of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers  and attacked the public relation officer of Al- Awkaf/ Firas Al Dibes through kicking and beating, as Jaradat reported to MADA “during the coverage of the settlers storming to Al-Aqsa Mosque around 10:00am  on the  (27/6) members of the Israeli police attacked all the journalists who were presented at the scene, I was pushed several times rather than the clear attempt to disrupt our work and prevent us from covering the incident, whilst my colleague Firas Al Dibes public relation officer of Al- Awkaf was beaten in a brutal and harder way”. 
 
(28/06)- during the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visit to Gaza Strip his guards and associates banned at least 10 journalists from covering his  press conference in Gaza, as the cameraman of Al-Quds TV Hassan Abdulfattah Isleeh (27 years) reported to MADA “we were at Hamad Hospital for Rehabilitation yard, about 10 colleagues from different media outlets and institutions that I cannot remember them all as the cameraman of the German TV Zakaria Altelmes, however, Ban Ki-moon was there in order to celebrate the opening of the hospital, and after moving to the second conference in one of the UNRWA schools in Gaza, once I tried to enter the press conference I was banned to enter and cover the events by two foreign assistants”. 
 
Also Mohammad Fadl Da’oor (25years) a correspondent of Al-QudsTV, reported to MADA “ all crews and press channels had been prevented from entering to cover the conference, claiming that they were late and the conference was scheduled to start at 10:00am , although the fact that the delay took place because of the UN-Secretary general lateness and not the journalists , and despite the fact that the names of all journalists were within the permissible list that enables them in advance to cover the conference, particularly that the list was sent previously for security check to the security administrator of the UN secretary general”.
 
(30/06)- The Israeli Occupation police detained Al Jazeera correspondent Elias Hanna Karram (39years) and his colleague on 30/6, videographer of Al Jazeera Labib Abdel Fattah Jazmawi (38 years) and interrogated them while they were heading to Hebron to cover incidents there, as Karram reported to MADA “around 10:00am of 30/06 me and my colleague the videographer Labib Abdel Fattah Jazmawi (38 years) near a checkpoint in Beit Jala heading to Hebron to cover repercussions of an operation there, before reaching the checkpoint and while filming the incidents there  a patrol car headed toward us and prevented us from filming the incidents, and accused us of stepping on the yellow line claiming it as a breach hence we moved our car, another policeman headed toward us, asking where do we work in which channel, and whence I told him we work at Al Jazeera Channel he starting provoking us in cynical way such as/long live Palestinian People/ and threatening us like I will teach you to behave or I will be treading on you,  that provoked my colleague Labib who raised his voice in the face of the policeman, the policeman dragged him to the police station where he was detained for four hours under investigation and interrogation on charges of obstructing police work and insulting a policeman.”
 
Karram also added "as I was filming what happened with Labib during interrogation, the policeman asked me to give him my mobile when I refused as I didn’t commit any offense he threatened to detain me, after consulting my personal lawyer, I informed him I will give him the video and the mobile on a court’s decision, finally they only took my affidavit and released us at around 2:30pm after filing a traffic fine against us”.
 
 (30/06)- The Israeli Occupation Intelligence and Police arrested the photoghrapher of "Al Jazeera Net" Iyad Salman Altawil (28years) after raiding and searching his house in the city of Jerusalem on 30/06  and confiscated his personal computer and a camera.  his colleague the photographer Abd El Affou Zughier reported to MADA “a troop of the Israeli Occupation  police and intelligence raided  Iyad’s house around 10:00am of 30/06 in Ras Alamoud in East Jerusalem, they searched the house thoroughly and confiscated his personal computer and camera, before arresting him and his father, without disclosing the details  or causes of arrest”.