Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the detention of Palestine TV cameraman, Mohammed Ziyada Nassar, 43, and reporter Mohammed Salim Abu Hatab, 50, by the Ministry of Interior’s police in Gaza. The journalists were arrested while covering Ramadan festivities in local markets in North Gaza district for a report on living conditions in the Gaza Strip.
Al Mezan’s field investigations show that the police detained the Palestine TV crew at around 13:30 on Saturday, 25 April 2020, at the local police station in Jabalia Camp in North Gaza, after the two were arrested while filming.
Before their release on the same day, the journalists were interrogated about the nature of their work and had to sign a pledge vowing not to conduct future field work without obtaining prior permission from the Gaza government media office.
Al Mezan condemns the incident and stresses that duty-bears are obligated, under Palestinian and international law, to promote public liberties and respect human rights, especially those related to freedom of opinion and expression. Al Mezan also reaffirms the strong correlation between human rights promotion, freedom of the press, and the freedom to access, publish and disseminate information as a pathway to transparency and the public good.