Israel named one of the ‘worst jailers of journalists’ — CPJ

For the first time since 1992, Israel ranked among the top six offenders

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NEW YORK — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed its 2023 prison census, highlighting that the number of jailed journalists worldwide is near a record high, with Israeli occupation imprisonments spiking.اضافة اعلان

According to the report, the Israeli occupation appeared several times on CPJ’s annual census; however, it added that this is the highest number of arrests of Palestinian journalists since CPJ began documenting arrests in 1992. For the first time since then, Israel ranked among the top six offenders.

The report added that all those known to be held by Israel as of CPJ’s December 1 census date were arrested in the Palestinian territory of the occupied West Bank after the start of Israel’s war on Gaza on October 7. It noted that most are being held in administrative detention, which allows Israeli authorities to hold detainees without charges because they suspect the detainee of planning to commit a future offense.

Furthermore, CPJ mentioned that the closed nature of Israel’s offenses made it difficult for CPJ researchers to learn about any accusations facing the journalists. However, several families mentioned to CPJ that they believed their loved ones were jailed for social media postings.

In a deep dive of its report, CPJ highlighted Alaa Al-Rimawi, who told the organization that since Israel’s war on Gaza, he was covering developments for J-Media, a West Bank-based news agency he directs, as well as on TikTok and Facebook. However, it was short-lived; less than two weeks after the war, Israel banned J-Media on security grounds and arrested three other J-Media employees, including Rimawi.

He said, “As you know, the occupation, in times of its war on Gaza, now wants the journalistic and media voice to be absent,” al-Rimawi said to his more than 229,000 TikTok followers before he reported to prison. “I apologize, I apologize because I may not be with you in this coverage and convey your pain, wounds, and victory, with God’s help.”

The report also added that journalists make up a small number of the thousands of Palestinians who have been arrested in massive sweeps since October 7. The report said the occupation is arresting former prisoners, political leaders, activists, and university students.

The UN Human Rights Office highlighted in a report on December 1 that more than 3,000 Palestinians had been arrested before October 7. It added that approximately 5,000 Palestinians were in detention.

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