Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Hamas closes Palestinian journalists' union office

The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the action of the Hamas Internal Security department which has closed down the office of the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) in Gaza.

"The action by the Hamas government is a violation of journalists' rights and a slap in the face of Palestinians who are courageously fighting for their rights and the independence of journalism in appalling conditions," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ president.

The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate is one of the journalists' unions affiliated to the IFJ. According to the IFJ, the PJS aims to unite journalists across Palestine who are currently divided both by Israeli restrictions on freedom of movement and the political divisions between the Hamas government in Gaza and the Palestine Authority in the West Bank.

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