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International call for Israel to release Palestinian journalists

Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the Gaza Strip goes on strike in protest against the security officers' aggression towards their colleagues in occupied Ramallah, West Bank, 13 March 2017. [Images by Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the Gaza Strip go on strike in occupied Ramallah, West Bank, 13 March 2017. [Images by Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday called on Israel to release the 26 Palestinian journalists it has jailed under administrative detention, Quds Press reported.

In a statement, the IFJ, which convened in Moscow, adopted a draft resolution which was proposed by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) regarding the jailed media workers.

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Image of former Palestinian prisoner, Mazen Muhammad Al-Mughrabi [YazanSalhi /Twitter]

Image of former Palestinian prisoner, Mazen Muhammad Al-Mughrabi [YazanSalhi /Twitter]

The statement reiterated the “just demands” of the Palestinian prisoners who have begun the third week of a hunger strike in protest against the harsh conditions they are being held in.

According to Quds Press, the IFJ secretariat called for messages to be sent to the Israeli government calling for it to release the 26 journalists, five of whom have been waiting for their trials for more than a year.

The IFJ renewed its condemnation of the Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists which aim to “suppress freedoms”, undermine ability to travel and inflict physical abuse.

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Meanwhile, the PJS described the IFJ’s adoption of this resolution as a “new victory for Palestine, its prisoners and its journalists.”

The IFJ represents 600,000 journalists from around the world.

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