The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the detention of a Palestinian woman reporter held for over a week in Gaza and demanded her swift release.
Taghreed Ahmed Abu Dharifa, a journalist with Palestine TV, part of the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, has been arrested on April 13 at her home in Abasan, east of Khan Younis, by Hamas Security apparatus. Yesterday, her detention was prolonged 15 days by the Gaza military court for “spying for Ramallah”.
The Palestinian journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) which issued protests at her arrest, called the accusations false and unacceptable and strongly condemned the decision as a blatant violation of the Palestinian Basic Law, which guarantees journalists’ right to work and communicate.
The IFJ joined its Palestinian affiliate in condemning the actions and said the motivation and the process raised serious concerns and were dangerous. “We are appalled by Abu Dharifa’s detention and the vague and baseless charge lodged against her, and we demand her immediate and unconditional release”, said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.