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Hamas attacking media

by: Ben Morris - Last updated: 2006-10-17

An organisation that aims to protect the interests of journalists and freedom of press is calling on Palestinian Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh to take action to combat attacks on media in its country following a number of broadcasters being targetted by suspected Hamas members.

According to Reporters Without Borders, last week saw a radio station's transmitter being destroyed and its premises burnt.

The radio station and others that have been attacked are linked to President Mahmud Abbas' political party.

"We urge the authorities to open an investigation into this appalling act of violence. Since members of Hamas are suspected of involvement, we call on Ismael Haniyeh, Prime Minister and leader of the party, to strongly condemn this attack and to expel those responsible from its ranks," a spokesman said.

"In addition, inter-Palestinian violence is today the main threat to freedom of expression. A national radio controlled by the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, was attacked on June 2006. Local and foreign journalists need to have their safety guaranteed to work in the Territories," the spokesman added.

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