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Monday, December 10, 2012

'We're terrorists too, so please give us some human rights'

The Independent Commission for Human Rights issued the following press release last Tuesday (received by email).

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) appreciates the role of Palestinian journalists and media professionals in covering the Israeli violations, which was characterized by high level of professionalism in exposing the aggression on the Gaza Strip and in revealing the truth to the whole world. ICHR considers that the mission of the media complements and is consistent with the mission of Jurists in spreading and circulating the truth, in promoting the values ​​of democracy, the rule of law and in the exposure of human rights violations.

What the Palestinian arena is witnessing of positive atmosphere towards ending the division and the achievement of the national reconciliation, especially after granting Palestine a non-member observer State status at the United Nations, requires an end to all outstanding issues relating to human rights, first and foremost, the media and press freedoms in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

The international conventions and national legislation, in particular the amended Palestinian Basic Law (2003) and the Press and Publication Law of 1995 have emphasized on the need to launch full freedom to the audio, visual and written media and freedom of printing, publication, distribution, broadcasting, and to prohibit all forms of censorship over them.

 Keep dreaming that will ever happen. Heh.

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