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Violations of media freedoms in July 2011

(MADA/IFEX) - 16 August 2011 - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) committed numerous violations against journalists during July 2011, particularly while journalists were covering the peaceful weekly marches and activities regularly hosted in several locations across the West Bank.

IOF personnel threw a tear gas grenade between the legs of Associated Press photographer Hazem Bader while he was covering a solidarity event in the town of Al-Toana, south of Hebron on 7 July 2011. In a similar incident, IOF personnel threw a tear gas grenade directly at journalist Haitham Khatib, who was reporting at the weekly Bil'in march against the wall on 22 July 2011. And in Nabi Saleh, Al-Hayat Al-Jadedeh newspaper photographer Moheeb Barghouti was left bleeding on the ground for 4 hours in the sun after being severely beaten by Israeli Occupation Forces while covering the weekly march against nearby settlement expansion, on 28 July 2011.

In another incident, the IOF barred journalist Mustafa Sabri from travelling through the Al-Karama border terminal to Jordan on Friday 8 June 2011. Additionally, Al-Quds TV programme coordinator, Nawaf Al-Amer was sentenced to administrative detention on 5 July 2011.

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