Palestinian journalists under serious threat

Sunday, July 08, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Hamas' claims to be a stabilizing force in the Gaza Strip notwithstanding, Palestinian and foreign journalists are streaming out of the blood-soaked coastal territory with increasing frequency, reported Newsweek.

Last month alone, at least 30 Palestinian journalists were attacked in Hamas-controlled Gaza, according to the magazine. There was no indication that the perpetrators of the violence were punished for their actions. In fact, most believe they were acting on behalf of the ruling terrorist organization.

Hamas and its rivals in Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction have a long history of physical intimidation against both Palestinian and foreign journalists that fail to adequately promote the “Palestinian cause” and its violent methods.

It was reported last week that a prominent Palestinian correspondent for a leading Arab television news network had fled Gaza after years of abuse at the hands of Fatah. Seif al-Din Shahin, a reporter for al-Arabiya, sought asylum for himself and his family in Norway, fearing that Hamas' conquest of Gaza would only increase the danger to their lives.

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