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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Freedom of the press, PalArab-style (XI)

From Ma'an:
Ma'an journalist Hafith Asakra was kidnapped on Saturday evening by five masked gunmen as he headed to work at Ma'an's main office in Bethlehem.

The abductors bound his hands and legs, detaining him for 12 hours.

They demanded to use his Ma'an password to post a fictitious news story, aimed at stirring up trouble between Ma'an and the Palestinian factions and security services.

He refused to give in to his abductors' demands.
Keep in mind, this isn't Gaza. This is the "safe" section of the PA-controlled territories.