GAZA CITY, Palestine: Israeli forces continue violence against Palestinian media and press to stop their voice. An Arab journalists’ rights group has reported the violence by Israeli forces to the Palestinian press in January 2022.
In a report, the Journalists’ Support Committee, which documents media violations across the Palestinian territories, said the Israeli violations varied between “arrest, extortion and direct field assault” of media personnel among other forms of harassment.
According to the report, four Palestinian journalists were detained by Israeli forces last month,17 cases of assault and injury against journalists” during their coverage of the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and rallies in the West Bank.
The Israeli army often used rubber bullets and gas bombs against Palestinian journalists, the report said. The NGO also documented 18 cases of journalists being blocked from covering Israeli violations against the Palestinians.
According to the report, Israeli forces raided the house of one journalist, threatened two female journalists, while restricting the social media accounts of four others for “violating publishing instructions.”
Last month, the NGO said that 17 Palestinian journalists and media workers were held in prison by Israel.