Palestinian Authority censors websites critical of Abbas (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION 04/23/12)
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Telecommunications company asked to blacklist sites that support
In a drastic internet censorship crackdown, Palestinian internet
service providers have blocked news sites critical of Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Maan News reported.
Eight Palestinian news outlets, dealing primarily with internal Fatah
politics, were blacklisted by the Palestinian Telecommunications
Company, reportedly by order of Palestinian Attorney General Ahmad al-
Some of the blocked sites support Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah
leader and critic of Abbas. Dahlan was the leader of Fatah in the
Gaza Strip before the organizationís ouster by Hamas in 2007. On his
arrival in the West Bank, he was blamed by colleagues for the loss of
Gaza, and an intense rivalry began between him and Abbas.
Dahlan accused the Palestinian president of being a weak leader and
of allowing his sons to benefit financially from his rule. Fatah
booted Dahlan in June because of his repeated criticism of Abbas.
Last month, Palestinian journalist Asmat Abd Al-Khaleq was arrested
after making comments on Facebook critical of the Palestinian
Authority and Abbas. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/23/12)
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