Palestinian Authority Releases Radio Station Head; Holds Popular Journalist for Criticism of Abbas

As public pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to improve his civil rights record grows, the director of a West Bank radio station arrested on Sunday was released. The reason for his arrest was his criticism of Abbas and the PA for not “defending Palestinians” after the Israeli army shuttered the station for its alleged incitement to violence. But the case of popular journalist Issa Amro continues to intensify among the populace after his arrest for criticizing the radio director’s detention. Palestinians are angry over Abbas’s presidential decree which enacted a “Cyber Crimes Law” which most see as a blanket permission for the president to control content and prevent criticism from being displayed in the cyber world.

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