Palestinian journalist flees Gaza, seeks asylum in Norway

Sunday, July 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A leading Palestinian journalist has reportedly fled the Gaza Strip after receiving numerous death threats, and is seeking asylum along with his family in Norway.

Seif al-Din Shahin, a correspondent for Saudi Arabia's Al-Arabiya television news network, has been threatened and attacked numerous times over the past several years, according to other local Palestinian journalists who spoke to The Jerusalem Post.

Most of the attacks have come at the hands of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. Members of the group are said to have beaten Shahin on two separate occasions between 2001 and 2004 after he failed to report on local events in line with Fatah dictates. Shahin was later arrested by Palestinian Authority police for a similar offense.

Lately, Fatah has taken to threatening the Qatar-based news giant Al-Jazeera, which it insists is promoting the agenda of rival terrorist organization Hamas.

Journalists in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories have long complained of intimidation and violence by both the recognized authorities and the numerous unofficial armed factions.

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