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IFJ blames Hamas for journalist's 'outrageous' detention

14 June 2017

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists´ Syndicate (PJS), in blaming Hamas for the detention of a journalist in Gaza.

The PJS said PBC TV channel correspondent Fouad Jaradah’s detention for six days without any explanation is an "outrageous" violation of Palestinian law.

On 8 June, members of Hamas security forces stormed Jaradah’s house, his wife told the PJS. They asked him to take his computer and mobile with him and to follow them, promising to free him within an hour. Since then, he has been detained without justification or without knowing what he is accused of.

The union is taking the case to the Palestinian Authority for Citizens' Rights (PCHR) in order to secure his release.

The PJS said in a statement:

"The PJS strongly condemns the continuous detention of journalists by Hamas security forces without giving reasons, which is contrary to Palestinian law"

The IFJ has joined the PJS in urging the authorities to free Jaradah and respect press freedom in Gaza.

Philippe Leruth, IFJ president, said:

"We strongly stand by our Palestinian colleagues from the PJS and urge Hamas to immediately release Fouad Jaradah
"Hamas security forces must stop preying on Gaza journalists and systematically violating their fundamental rights."

Tags: , palestine, palestinian journalists' syndicate, gaza, hamas, journalists detained