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Palestine: Dangerous escalation in attacks on freedom of expression

23 August 2017, 10:38 UTC The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and their rivals, the de-facto Hamas administration in Gaza, have both tightened the noose on freedom of expression in recent months, launching a repressive clampdown on dissent that has seen journalists from opposition media outlets interrogated and detained in a …

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Palestinian Authority shows its ‘authoritarian’ face through Cyber Crimes Law

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer has joined a growing chorus opposition to the Palestinian Authority (PA) — which the NGO described as “an ever increasingly authoritarian regime” — for a new far-reaching law that effectively criminalizes “any form of digital dissent.” The decree, issued by Palestinian President …

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Calls for PA to stop arresting journalists

The Syndicate of the Palestinian Journalists in Ramallah called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop arrested journalists and to abolish the electronic crime law, Quds Press reported yesterday. In a press conference the head of the Syndicate of Palestinian Journalists, Nasser Abu Baker, said: “The situation of freedoms in Palestinian is …

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Letters Sent to UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine’s Cyber Crimes Law

Al-Haq called attention to Palestine’s draft law on cyber crimes in February 2017 in a letter sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye. In the letter, Al-Haq noted that the draft law contravened both the …

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Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

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The Full English Translation of the Palestinian Cyber Crime Law

Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, on June 24th, 2017. Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud …

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“MADA” demands the immediate release of detained journalists

Ramallah – (9/7-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) is gravely concerned about the drastically rising number of Palestinian Violations and the continuation and escalation of internal violations against media freedoms.   As the most recent of which, was the arrest of the correspondent of “Palestine …

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MADA calls for repeal of the blocking of a number of Palestinian news sites

Ramallah – (18-6-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) expresses its deep concern about the blocking of a number of Palestinian websites. This decision constitutes a serious violation of freedom of the press and expression and calls for the repeal of such measures and practices, which …

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PA blocks 11 websites in West Bank, denies political motivations

Bethlehem (Ma’an) — At least 11 Palestinian news websites — all allegedly affiliated with either the Hamas movement or Muhammad Dahlan, political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — have been blocked in the occupied West Bank, with top-level officials from the Palestinian Authority (PA) insisting to Ma’an that the …

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Arab Democracy Index 5 The Arab Democracy Index: A Marked Decline in Freedoms and Reform

Press release A report published today by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, in partnership with ten research centres in the Arab world, shows a decline in the Arab Democracy Index and the shortcomings of the process of democratic change and its inability …

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