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There's a dangerous decline in freedom of expression in Palestine

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04.08.2021

Freedom of expression in the part of Palestine occupied in 1967 is declining seriously and dangerously. It is leading to the doubling of the burden shouldered by those concerned with the Palestinian struggle, who not only have the Israeli occupation authorities to contend with, but also supposed friends and supporters of freedom of expression. They are being forced to fight on two fronts.

The decline in such freedoms in Palestine has not happened suddenly; it has slipped in gradually over recent years, starting with the imprisonment of those posting comments on Facebook against President Mahmoud Abbas. We have since witnessed the detention of people for expressing an opinion against the postponement of the legislative and presidential elections earlier this year, and the summoning of opponents for questioning; threats being made by security officials to harm political opponents; and the leadership rejecting multiple requests to denounce these statements. Violent attacks on protestors following the violent arrest and killing of opposition activist Nizar Banat have continued, while the Director-General of the Palestinian National Library, the former Minister of Culture, Ihab Bseiso, was dismissed for his quiet criticism of what is happening. The leadership is involved from the very top downwards.

Article 22 of the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Public Service states that "an employee has the right to express his opinion and publish it verbally, in writing, or........

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