Palestinian Authority to require permission for reporting by foreign journalists

( The Palestinian Authority (PA) issued an order this week forbidding foreign journalists from working in its territories unless the journalists get advance permission from the Palestinian Ministry of Information. Foreign members of the press who ignore this order can be arrested, as can any Palestinian journalists who assist foreign journalists to operate without this permission.

Click photo to download. Caption: The Palestinian Authority is requiring foreign journalists to get permission before working in the West Bank. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“The Palestinian security forces are entitled to arrest any person who enters the State of Palestine without permission,” said Jihad Qawassmeh, member of the Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate, according to the Gatestone Institute.

Although the new ruling affects all foreign journalists who want to work in Palestinian Authority territories, it also comes in retaliation against Israel, based on Palestinian journalists’ complaints that they are not being granted press credentials by the Israeli Government Press Office to work inside Israel.

But the Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate has already been banning its members from meeting with Israeli colleagues, thereby opposing themselves to normal professional relations between Palestinian and Israeli journalists. Some Palestinian journalists who defied this ban were expelled from the syndicate.

Posted on March 28, 2013 .