Palestine News Network, Bethlehem, 3 September 2016
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said that Israel is currently detaining 25 Palestinian journalists, seven of whom are imprisoned under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.
According to IMEMC (International Middle East Media Centre), Israeli Authorities are holding seven journalists under Administrative Detention, without charges or trial, except for the alleged “secret files,” that neither the detainees nor their lawyers have access to.
One of those is Malek al-Qadi, a journalism student of the Al-Quds University, who is now on a hunger strike, protesting administrative detention for the 49 days without any charges.
Al-Qadi is currently at the Wolfson Medical Center, facing very serious health issues and complications.
The PPS added that detained journalist, Nidal Abu Aker, held several hunger strikes; he was abducted last month on August 9th, and was previously imprisoned by Israel for thirteen years, including nine under Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.
It also stated that the following detained journalists have been receiving repeatedly renewed Administrative detention orders; Hasan Safadi, Mohammad Hasan Qaddoumi, Omar Nazzal, Adeeb al-Atrash and Ali al-‘Oweiwy.
In addition, the PPS said that Israel is also holding captive 18 additional journalists, some of them were sentenced to various prison terms, and others are still under interrogation.
The longest-serving journalist is Mahmoud Mousa Issa; he was kidnapped 22 years ago and was sentenced to life in prison.