SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Palestinian security forces arrest journalist Sami al-Saie

Thursday , 11 June 2020

On June 9, 2020, Palestinian Preventive Security forces in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm arrested journalist Sami al-Saie, news editor for the local news website Karmool Tulkarm and reporter for the An-Najah Broadcasting Channel, according to a report by Karmool Tulkarm, news reports, and a statement by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, a regional free expression group.

The journalist’s wife, Amani al-Jundub, told SKeyes that she did not know why he was arrested or if any charges had been filed against him, and said she had hired a lawyer to defend al-Saie. She later told the Hamas-affiliated Al-Quds news website that al-Saie was being held at a detention center run by the Palestinian Preventive Security forces in Tulkarm.

The local news website Ultra Sawt cited anonymous security sources as saying that al-Saie had been brought for questioning about an unspecified Facebook page.

Al-Saie covers local news in Tulkarm, and recently reported on the closure of the Al-Taybeh crossing in Tulkarm between Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On his personal Twitter account, al-Saie recently criticized the Associated Press’ decision to lay off Palestinian cameraman Eyad Hamad, and posted updates on the COVID-19 situation in the Palestinian territories. His personal Facebook page is currently unavailable.

Karmool Tulkarm wrote that Palestinian intelligence agents previously arrested al-Saie in February 2017 and held him for nearly a month over his activity on social media. That report also said that Israeli security forces arrested al-Saie in March 2016 for posting alleged incitement on social media, and held him for nine months.

Share News