Military court orders Palestinian journalist detained 4 more months

A military court orders a Palestinian journalist to be detained for four months without trial or charges, under what is known as “administrative detention.”

Omar Nazzal was arrested on April 23 at the border between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Jordan, where he had been due to fly to a European Federation of Journalists gathering in Bosnia.

The military court met on Sunday before announcing its decision to put him in administrative detention for four months, according to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.

Palestinian journalists hold banners during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinian journalists hold banners during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The Shin Bet security service said Nazzal, a member of the general secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), was detained because of “his involvement in terror group activities”.

It said the journalist, 54, was recently appointed to a top position at Falestine al-Youm television which Israel’s army forcibly closed in Ramallah on accusations of incitement to violence.

— With AFP

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