Palesteenian Freedom of the Press, Not So Much

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    A Palestinian court has extended the remand of a journalist arrested Monday over allegations of slander and defamation, officials in Ramallah said Wednesday.

    The Palestinian Authority will continue to hold Yousef al-Shayeb, who was arrested Monday, for another 15 days, the court ruled. He has not yet been charged with a crime.

    The journalist was first questioned in late January over his reporting on allegations against the Palestinian diplomatic delegation in France, the Palestinian National Fund and the foreign minister. Al-Shayeb's arrest on Monday followed a complaint filed by Foreign Minister Riyad Malki and Hael al-Fahoum, the envoy in Paris.

    The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Wednesday organized a sit-in strike to protest the arrest.

    The union also expressed astonishment at the government's demand that al-Shayeb pay $6 million in restitution.

    Reporters Without Borders ranked Palestine 153 out of 179 countries on its latest press freedom index, down three places from last year.

    This latest arrest came days before the Palestinian Authority was set to unveil a prize called the "Press Freedom Award." The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate is calling on journalists to boycott the award. :lol:

    Maan News Agency: Ramallah court extends arrest of Palestinian reporter
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