66 male and female journalists have been arrested since the start of the aggression against our people


Ramallah – Ma’an – The Prisoner’s Club said that the Israeli occupation army has arrested 66 male and female journalists since the start of the aggression against our people on October 7, and is now keeping 45 of them in detention.

The club added, in a statement today, Wednesday, that the number of detained female journalists has risen to 4, the most recent of which is the arrest of journalist Asma Noah Harish (32 years old) at dawn today from her home in Ramallah, noting that her father Noah and her brother Ahmed have also been detained for some time.

He explained that this escalation comes within the framework of the widespread arrest campaigns carried out by the occupation army, including the arrests of women, which have recently escalated significantly, including female journalists.

The club pointed out that during the month of last March and until today, the occupation has arrested three female journalists: former detainee Bushra Al-Taweel, who was transferred to administrative detention, and Rula Has
sanein, who is married and the mother of a 9-month-old daughter, in addition to journalist Harish.

He continued, that 23 journalists were transferred to administrative detention under the pretext of having a ‘secret file,’ including the two journalists, Ikhlas Sawalha and Bushra Al-Taweel, while the majority of them were charged with alleging incitement on social media sites, or in the media outlets in which they work. Pointing out that a number of them had been previously arrested many times.

The Prisoners’ Club confirmed that the majority of detained journalists were subjected to severe beatings and torture, as were all those arrested and targeted after October 7, and today they face all the unprecedented retaliatory measures imposed by the prison administration against them.

He pointed out that the arrests of journalists also come within the framework of the comprehensive aggression and genocide in Gaza, which led to the martyrdom of (140) journalists, in addition to the targeting of their families, and
that a number of detained journalists from Gaza are subject to enforced disappearance, as are all detainees from Gaza.

It is noteworthy that the occupation over the past decades has adopted a policy of arresting journalists, in addition to a number of policies, crimes, and violations against them, in a continuous attempt to silence their voices, fight the Palestinian narrative, restrict freedom of opinion and expression, and intimidate them through continuous threats to them, and directly target them during their field work. By shooting them and detaining them.

The Prisoner’s Club renewed its demand for international human rights institutions to assume their necessary responsibilities in light of the continuing genocide against our people in Gaza, and the targeting of all segments of Palestinian society through widespread and systematic arrest operations.

It is noteworthy that the total number of detainees in the Israeli occupation detention centers reached as of the end of March.

Source: Maan News Agenc
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