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Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist Alaa al-Rimawi in Ramallah

Thursday , 22 April 2021

Early in the morning of Wednesday, April 21, 2022, a group of about 12 Israeli soldiers raided the Ramallah home of Palestinian journalist Alaa al-Rimawi, a reporter for the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera Mubasher and director of the local J-Media Network news agency, and arrested him, according to news reports, reports by Al-Jazeera and J-Media, and statements by the local press freedom organizations MADA and the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom.


Israeli authorities did not disclose any reason for the journalist’s arrest or where he is being held, according to those sources. In a video interview with Al-Jazeera, al-Rimawi’s wife, Maymouna al-Rimawi, said that, while he was being taken from his home, the journalist said he would go on a hunger strike in prison.

 

Al-Rimawi works as Al-Jazeera Mubasher’s correspondent in Ramallah and hosts J-Media’s talk show “Palestine Votes,” where he has recently interviewed political candidates, academic experts, and journalists about the upcoming Palestinian legislative and presidential elections, scheduled for May and July.  


J-Media mainly covers local news in the Palestinian Territories, including stories about Palestinian prisonerslocal protests, and Ramadan celebrations. It also provides footage and stories for partner organizations, including Al-Jazeera Mubasher.


Previously, in July 2018, Israeli security forces arrested al-Rimawi, then the director of the Hamas-affiliated broadcaster Al-Quds TV in the West Bank, and held him for nearly one month; upon his release, he was ordered to stop working as a journalist for two months, according to news reports and CPJ’s coverage from the time.

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