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Media workers urge European Parliament to help end attacks on Palestinian journalists

MEDIA workers called on the European Parliament today to help end attacks on Palestinian journalists in Palestine and Israel.

Representatives of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), its affiliate the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) joined MEPs and diplomats to launch a PJS report showing a huge rise in the number of violations of journalists’ rights last year.

The report lists 909 media “violations” in 2017, an increase of 33 per cent on 2016. It says eight offices of three media companies and two radio stations were forced to close down by Israeli military orders.

Twenty-nine journalists remain in Israeli jails, including five waiting to be sentenced and six in administrative detention, according to the report, while Facebook closed 158 Palestinian accounts on Israeli request.

IFJ deputy general secretary Jeremy Dear told the meeting: “Media violations are a systemic attempt to silence the voice of Palestinian journalists.”

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