PA court orders remand of journalist for 15 days (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 03/28/12)
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A Palestinian Authority court in Ramallah Wednesday ordered the
remand into custody for 15 days of a Palestinian journalist who
reported about corruption in the Palestinian diplomatic mission in
The journalist, Yousef Al-Shayeb, was detained earlier this week
following complaints that were filed against him by the head of the
mission and PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki.
Shayeb, who works for the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Ghad,
published an investigate report earlier this year in which he claimed
that the head of the mission and his deputy were involved in various
corruption cases. The report also claimed that Palestinian diplomats
in Paris had been trying to recruit Palestinian students to spy on
Islamic groups in France.
Shayeb´s detention drew sharp criticism from Palestinian journalists
and human rights groups, who accused the PA of violating media
freedoms in the West Bank.
PA officials said that the journalist was detained after he refused
to reveal the sources of his information.
His lawyer, Daoud Darawi, said that it was the Palestinian media, and
not only Shayeb, that was being put on trial.
Darawi said that Palestinian law protects journalists against
prosecution and grants them the right not to disclose their sources.
The lawyer said that his client was planning to reveal documents
which he relied on during his work on the investigate report.
Dozens of Palestinian journalists staged a sit-in strike in front of
the court during Wednesday´s hearing and called for the release of
The journalists carried signs calling on the PA to respect freedom of
expression and stop its "transgressions" against reporters.
The Palestinian Writers Union condemned the detention of Shayeb as
a "dangerous precedent" and urged Palestinians to raise their voice
against the crackdown on freedom of expression. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 03/28/12)
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