The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)
Mission: A free and Professional media in Palestine 

MADA: 224 media freedoms violations in Palestine during the first half of 2015
 

Ramallah – 9/8/2015 The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms “MADA” announced in a press conference held at the "WATTAN” center highlights of the semi-annual report, which covers violations against media freedoms in Palestine during the first half of the year 2015.
Mr. Mousa Rimawi, MADA’s general director, stressed that during the first half of 2015, the situation of media freedoms in Palestine a deterioration compared with the same period in the years that preceded it, and the first six months of 2015 carried more negative indicators that do not promise any improvement in the case of freedom of the press and journalists in Palestine during the coming period.
Rimawi indicated that the killing of Palestine TV correspondent Kamal Mohamed Ali Abu Nahal by unknown, in Gaza Strip, topped in terms of its cruelty and seriousness, the total violations recorded during the first half of 2015.
 
Rimawi stated that in the first half of 2015, a total of 224 violations against journalists and media freedoms were recorded in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli Occupation committed the highest number of violations, which were concentrated within the most dangerous and life threatening types “except the killing of Nahal in Gaza Strip”, where the IOF committed 114 violations, while Palestinian sides committed 110 violations.
 
He added that these numbers represent an increase by 20% from what was recorded in the first half of 2014, note that the first half of 2014 had seen an increase of 64% compared to the first half of 2013. This is clear that the big jump in the number of violations was recorded against media freedoms during the past two years, compared to years that preceded them, and was maintained during the first half of the year 2015.
 
Rimawi stated that the Israeli violations and attacks against media freedoms, during the first half of 2015, maintained the same pace recorded during the first half of the previous year, almost, and the type of these violations, maintained their concentration within the most dangerous and life threatening types. And that physical attacks formed one of the most serious violations against journalists, more than 42% of all Israeli violations that have been monitored and documented during the first half of 2015.
 
In regards to the Palestinian violations Rimawi said: “although the number of Palestinian violations remained less in number than the Israeli attacks against media freedoms during the first six months of 2015, but they recorded an unprecedented rise by more than 103% compared to what was recorded in the first half of the previous year, rising from 54 violation in the first half of 2014 to 110 in the first half of 2015”.
 
Rimawi attributed the large increase in the number of Palestinian violations largely to the "new wave" of tension between Hamas and Fatah, which was reflected “as usua”l on the reality of media freedoms and freedom of expression. With an expansion in the security forces resorting to arrests was noted; MADA monitored11 arrests during the first six month of 2015, while during the first half of 2014 MADA monitored no arrest cases. 
 
MADA’s PR and monitoring officer, Ghazi Bani Odeh presented the most prominent types of violations recorded during the first six months of 2015, adding that physical attacks made the total violations against journalists during this period, especially Israel, where physical attacks represented more than 42% of the total Israeli attacks.
 
Bani Odeh stated that the Palestinian violations against media freedoms were broken down to 65 violations committed by different Palestinian sides in the West Bank, and 45 violations committed by the Palestinian sides in the Gaza Strip.
 

For full report:

http://www.madacenter.org/images/text_editor/simireportE2015.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA)

 is an independent, non-governmental, and non-profit organization founded in 2006, registered under the number (IRA-250-I), with its headquarters in Ramallah. The center operates throughout the Palestinian territories, working daily to develop the Palestinian Media and to promote and defend media freedoms and freedom of expression. 

MADA’s international memberships:

  • MADA became a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation on April 15th 2013
  • MADA became a member of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIA net) on December 11th 2013
  • MADA is the only Palestinian member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and was elected to its council in June 2011.
  • MADA is a member of the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) in Switzerland and awarded a PEC prize in June 2009 for its role in defending Palestinian journalists.
  • MADA is a member of the Palestinian Nongovernmental Organizations Network (PNGO) 
  • MADA is a member of the Global Forum for Media Development since 2014

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