26 October 1998


Journalists arrested and released

Incident details



(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is worried by the arrest for more than an hour on Friday,
23 October 1998, in Gaza, of eleven Palestinian journalists, cameramen and
photographers, including some working for Reuters, Agence France Presse and
Associated Press news agencies.

The journalists were detained after having been arrested while they were
covering the reaction of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the
Islamist movement Hamas, to the signing of the Wye Plantation peace
agreement. Films and taped interviews were confiscated. The journalists were
told that permission from the police was required to cover political

On Saturday, 24 October, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate called for a
strike in protest against these blatant restrictions on coverage of
political events. Hamas is a legal political organisation, and journalists
should be allowed to report the opposition's positions without any

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the President:

  • asking him to ensure that the police do not impede journalists from
    performing their job freely
  • asking him to guarantee freedom of the press in the Palestinian Authority

    Appeals To

    President Yasser Arafat
    Al-Muntada, Gaza
    Palestinian Authority
    Fax: +972 7 2873 744

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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