In the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority’s security forces and intelligence service controlled by President Mahmoud Abbas made many arbitrary arrests of pro-Hamas journalists, including about 30 in 2011 working mainly for media outlets affiliated to Hamas who were questioned about their work, their sources of funding and their links with officials of the Hamas government.
In late March, a court in Ramallah extended by 15 days the detention of the journalist Youssef Shayeb, who was arrested on 26 March after libel suits were lodged against him by several people including the head of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in France, Hael al-Fahoum, and the Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki.
The journalist wrote anarticle published in the Jordanian daily Al-Ghad in January about irregularities within the diplomatic mission in France. He was released on bail on 2 April after going on hunger strike.
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