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Freedom of Expression Violations in the Levant - May 2022

Friday , 24 June 2022

The month of May 2022 was marked by the Israeli forces deliberately killing Al Jazeera correspondent, Shireen Abu Akleh, after a sniper shot her directly in the head while she was covering the storming of the Jenin refugee camp. Her colleague was injured with a similar bullet in the back. Several other violations of press and cultural freedoms occurred in Palestine, and the three other countries monitored by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom. 


In LebanonMegaphone platform photographer Hussein Bassal was beaten by Hezbollah supporters while covering the elections in the South (05/15) and Lebanese army soldiers assaultedthe Lebanon and the World website team, which consists of editor-in-chief Sarah Hammoud and photographer André Garabed while covering a protest (05/26). Al-Manar correspondent, Maher Qamar, was beaten over the right of way (05/15) while on the field to cover the parliamentary election. The security forces prevented the Sky News Arabia crew, which consists of correspondent Salman Andary and cameraman Mohammad Hanoun from covering the election live from the Dekwaneh polling station (05/15). Also, journalist Ivana Khoury was victim of a Facebook smear campaign after publishing a post in which she criticises the attack carried out by Hezbollah supporters against photographer Hussein Bassal (05/18). The Publications Court sentenced in absentia journalist Riad Tawk to prison for slander and defamation. The prison sentence was replaced by a fine (05/12).

In Syria, the military police affiliated with the Syrian opposition army arrested citizen journalist Mahmoud Al-Dimashki for six days in Afrin (05/10) and the Syrian Democratic Forces arrested citizen journalist Wissam Al-Ahmad in Raqqa (05/16), while Trade Minister Amr Salem’s bodyguards attacked retired journalist Bassam Ghabra in Damascus (05/01) and the Sham FM station deleted a video report with the families of detainees immediately after its release (05/04).

In Jordan, the Media Commission blocked Al-Majd website (05/15) without informing the relevant parties, under the pretext that the electronic newspaper didn’t complete the licensing procedure. The editor-in-chief of Al-Majd website, Fahd Al-Rimawi, confirmed that no official party had requested the relicensing of the newspaper’s website.

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces murdered Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh after targeting her and her colleague producer, Ali Samoudi, with live ammunition. She was killed after being hit with a bullet in the head while Samoudi was injured in the back. Both were covering the storming of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank by Israeli soldiers (05/11).

Assaults against Palestinian journalists and photographers continued. The soldiers attacked the Jmedia agency crew, including correspondent Samer Khoueira and photographer Ashraf Abu Shawish (05/13), as well as Quds News Network reporter Motasem Saqf Al-Hit with live ammunition (05/29). They also beat AFP photographer Hazem Badr (05/23) and arrested the American Sipa Press correspondent Nasser Ashtieh and prevented him from filming (05/16). Settlers beat the Palestine TV crew consisting of correspondent Ahmad Shawar and photographer Bashar Nazzal. They even tried to run over AFP photographer Jaafar Ashtieh in Nablus (05/17). Moreover, they threatened to kill the Al-Ghad team members Raed Al-Sharif and Jamil Salhab and smashed the channel’s car windshield, as well as a Reuters agency’s car (05/13).

In the Gaza Strip, the Hamas services continued their crackdown on journalists and artists during the month of May 2022. The General Intelligence questioned the Sola Studio songwriter and composer, Massoud Al-Draimli, and five other people who produced the “traditional songs” video clip; they then forced them to delete it (05/22). The Khan Yunis court rejected the appeal in the verdict issued against journalist Ihab Fasfus for “Internet misuse” (05/24), fourteen days after postponing the trial for the tenth time. Also, the Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok administrations blocked the accounts of six journalists and photographers under the pretext of “violating the publication standards” (05/07).

In the 1948 Territories, the Israeli forces increased their violations against Palestinian journalists and photographers, particularly during the funeral of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh and the Jerusalem media march, where they attacked people with stun grenades, teargas, rubber-coated bullets, pepper spray, as well as water cannons and bottles. They also beat them with the help of settlers. Several media professionals were victims of these violations, including freelance journalist Ahmad Jalajel (05/05), Jordan’s Al-Taj TV and station correspondent, Ahlam Melhem (05/13), Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper correspondent Diala Jweihan, Midan Al-Quds website correspondent Bara’a Abu Rammuz, Al-Ghad TV correspondent Nisreen Salem, Al-Araby TV correspondent Ahmad Jradat (05/16), Al-Jazeera Mubasher channel correspondent Nawal Hijazi, France24 correspondent Lili Aoudeh, Maan agency reporter Mayssa Abu Ghazaleh, Al-Mayadeen crew members Hanaa Mahamid and Wehbe Makkieh, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website crew members Mohammad Abedrabbo and Ali Diwani, freelance photographer Wissam Bukhari and the Safad Media website director Ahmad Al-Safadi (05/29). The Israeli forces also prevented Reuters agency photographer, Ammar Awad, as well as Associated Press agency cameraman, Mahmoud Ghalyan, from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque to cover the events (05/29).

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