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130 Palestinian journalists detained by Israel in 2022

December 31, 2022 at 4:09 pm

A mural depicting slain Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is illuminated with headlights on a street in the Arab town of Umm Al-Fahm in northern Israel, on September 5, 2022 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel has detained 130 Palestinian journalists in 2022, with 20 reporters still in its custody, according to a local NGO on Saturday, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the Prisoner Information Office documented 36 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists in December.

“More than 130 journalists were detained in 2022 in a brazen violation of all international laws and norms that guarantee the freedom of opinion and expression,” the statement said.

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“Israel is still holding 20 journalists, including Jerusalemite reporter Mahmoud Issa, who has been detained since 1993,” it added.

For its part, the Beirut-based Journalist Support Committee said 13 Palestinian reporters were injured by Israeli forces in December.

“Journalists were repeatedly attacked by Israeli occupation forces and settlers,” it added in a statement.

Palestinians mark Dec. 31 as Palestinian Journalist Day in recognition of their role in embracing Palestinian struggle and national rights.

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