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Media boycott of Palestinian gov't over police assault
Palestinian demonstrators argue with PA riot police during a rally in solidarity with hunger strikers in Israeli jails, in Hebron on 20 June. (Mamoun Wazwaz / APA images)
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West Bank, Al Ray - The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) announced a three-day boycott of the news conferences and statements of the Palestinian government to protest the repressive police practices against journalists.

The syndicate said on Friday evening in a brief statement that it is boycotting all news statements issued by the government and the security services in the occupied West Bank for three days in protest of the continued violations by security forces against journalists, the latest of which was in Hebron,”

It called on all news media to “commit to the media boycott and not to publish any information or conduct interviews with Palestinian ministers, government officials or security officials,”

Riot policemen Friday assaulted on journalists as they were to hold a sit-in at the al-Manara square in central Ramallah, confiscated their equipment, broke their cameras and briefly detained some of them.

According to Ali Abunimah, a co-founder of and blogger for Electronic Intifada (EI), among the attacked was a CNN crew, whose camera was broken.

Lama Khater, a writer, told Wattan TV that people gathered at a mosque after Friday prayers to rally in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as well as against the violent Israeli assault on Hebron over the past week, reported the EI.

Some 125 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails, protesting their detention without charge or trial.

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