[News] Israeli occupation raids target Palestinian media offices for forcible closure

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  Israeli occupation raids target Palestinian media offices for forcible
  closure

October 17, 2017
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Israeli occupation forces attacked and shut downat least eight 
Palestinian media offices 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=926130> in pre-dawn raids on 
Wednesday, 18 October, as well as seizing 23 Palestinians in a series of 
home raids.

The offices of Pal Media, Trans Media, Ramsat and others in Ramallah, 
Nablus, al-Khalil and Bethlehem were attacked and ransacked by 
occupation forces who blocked the doors with metal barricades or barred 
them with iron gates, posting notices that the offices are closed by 
military order for the next six months.

The attack on Palestinian media is the latest step in the Israeli 
occupation war on Palestinian expression in the name of suppressing 
“incitement.” The media offices were attacked on the pretext of 
providing services to Palestinian TV channels that the Israeli 
occupation has also declared “unauthorized,” including Palestine Today, 
Al-Quds TV and Al-Aqsa TV.

The Israeli occupation military also declared its intention to turn over 
Palestinian media workers that continue to broadcast or work with the 
prohibited channels “to interrogation and detention.” The equipment 
inside the offices was ransacked and confiscated by invading military 
forces.

The offices of Al-Quds TV, Al-Aqsa TV and Palestine Today in al-Khalil 
were also directly attacked, raided and their belongings confiscated and 
forcibly closed. Amer al-Jaabari, the director of Trans Media, and his 
brother Ibrahim al-Jaabari, were among 23 Palestinians seized by Israeli 
occupation forces in overnight raids.

These attacks come as dozens of Palestinian journalists remain 
imprisoned 
<http://samidoun.net/2017/10/escalating-arrests-detentions-target-palestinian-journalists/>, 
a number of them held without charge or trial under administrative 
detention. Hundreds of ordinary Palestinian citizens – including 
Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship – have been jailed for 
“incitement” for posting on social media, especially Facebook.

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the ongoing 
attacks on Palestinian journalists, media organizations and radio and TV 
channels and urges broader international solidarity with imprisoned 
Palestinian journalists and forcibly closed media offices and channels 
to demand their freedom and an end to the institutionalized Israeli 
occupation repression that seeks to silence their voices.*

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