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Israeli forces raid Palestine TV and production company, order 6-month closure

Tuesday , 26 November 2019
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Israeli police and intelligence officers raided the Jerusalem offices of Palestine TV and the Al-Arz Media Services Company, seized broadcasting equipment, and ordered the companies to remain closed for six months on orders from Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, according to news reports and statements by the local press freedom group MADA and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, a journalists’ union.

Police questioned Palestine TV reporter Christine Rinawi and Al-Arz manager Nizar Younes and director Ayman Abu Rmouz at the al-Maskobiya police station in Jerusalem following the raids, according to those reports. They were released a few hours later, according to Facebook posts by Rinawi and by local journalist Diala Jwehan.

Palestine TV is a local broadcaster funded by the Palestinian National Authority, and Al-Arz Media Services Company provides production and broadcast support for Palestine TV, according to local daily The Times of Israel

Israeli authorities allege that the outlets had broadcasted programming on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority within Jerusalem, in violation of a 1994 agreement, according to MADA.

Israeli police seized broadcasting equipment from Palestine TV, including two computers and several external hard drives, according to the MADA statement.

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