12 Jun
2021

Hamas government reinforces control over Gaza Strip media

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new system of accreditation that Ismael Haniyeh’s government has announced for all telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, broadcast media and news agencies based in the Gaza Strip.“This decisions seems above all to be motivated by Hamas’ desire to control the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists to go further News News News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Palestine RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes October 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas government reinforces control over Gaza Strip media WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new system of accreditation that Ismael Haniyeh’s government has announced for all telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, broadcast media and news agencies based in the Gaza Strip, which has been controlled by the Islamist party Hamas since June 2007.The press freedom organisation also calls for the release of three journalists who have been held without explanation since 12 October in the Gaza Strip town of Deir Al-Balah.Yusef Al-Mansi, the Hamas government’s minister of communication and information technology, told Reporters Without Borders that the aim of his directive, issued on 13 October, was “simply to regulate the work of the media in accordance with the law in effect since 1996.”“This decisions seems above all to be motivated by Hamas’ desire to control the press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Islamist party is trying to give itself the tools that allow it to legally ban news media that show too much support for the Palestinian Authority. “After closing the state-owned Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, banning distribution of the pro-Fatah newspapers Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and Al-Ayyam and arresting dozens of journalists, the Haniyeh government is going one step further by issuing this highly questionable directive. The Palestinian Authority is no better, as news media affiliated to Hamas are no longer allowed to work in the West Bank.“One of the results of these coercive measures imposed by Hamas is to force Palestinian journalists to censor themselves. They are also helping to delay the return of foreign journalists, who pulled out of the Gaza Strip after British journalist Alan Johnston’s abduction. Pluralism and media diversity are threatened by this kind of decision.”The communication ministry’s directive has been greeted with concern by media owners in the Gaza Strip. Shahdi Al-Kashif, the head of the Ramattan news agency, told Reporters Without Borders that the political motives were much more important than the legal aspects.“Journalists are caught in a game of reprisals between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “Hamas is now asking us to register with the Gaza Strip government, while the Palestinian Authority bans any contact with this government, which it dissolved.”In a separate development, Hamas security services arrested three journalists – Yusef Fayad and Akram Al-Louh, who work for the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, and online reporter Hani Ismael – at their homes in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir Al-Balah on 12 October and took their computers. They are still being held without charge. Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Read More
6 Oct
2020

Is this Brisbane’s best cottage reno?

first_imgTODAY: More light was just one of the new features of the renovated kitchen. Picture: Realestate.com.au BEFORE RENOVATION: The kitchen was merely functional. Picture: Realestate.com.au BEFORE RENOVATION: The front entrance was in need of some love. Picture: Realestate.com.au“Recent renovations by the owner (include) new windows, new fireplace, aluminium fence and electronic gate, inside and outside painted, new bathroom, new kitchen, new floor boards, carport, driveway and landscaping,” according to the listing.Agent Lisa Pearse-Sargeant of Ray White Ascot, who has the home open to offers, has been marketing it as having ended up with light filled interiors, quality modern finishes and all the convenience of being in one of Paddington’s best streets.“If the inner-city lifestyle is what you’re looking for or maybe you are a first homebuyer, investor or tiny home lover then take a close look at this one.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoTODAY: The front veranda is a charming spot to unwind in. Picture: Realestate.com.au BEFORE RENOVATION: The Paddington house was tired and in need of a makeover. Picture: Realestate.com.au TODAY:65 Beck Street, Paddington Qld 4064. Picture: Realestate.com.au The home lets a lot of light in but is also airconditioned. Picture: Realestate.com.au TODAY: A more peaceful colour scheme was put into the master bedroom. Picture: Realestate.com.au BEFORE RENOVATION: It was so 90s. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home has two double bedrooms with built-ins, spacious living zone with fireplace, private front deck, fully fenced yard and the smart new kitchen has a breakfast bar.The parquetry floors stand out as does the stylish black and white renovation of the bathroom, which has dual access from the main bedroom.The home is airconditioned, with potential to add more off street parking if needed. 65 Beck Street, Paddington Qld 4064. Picture: Realestate.com.auA RENOVATED cottage in Brisbane’s inner-city could be one of Brisbane’s best makeovers, transforming a dated property into a modern stunner.When the two bedroom, single bathroom, single garage house at 65 Beck Street, Paddington, last sold in April 2015, it needed a major update and was billed as an entry level property with potential.A mere 3km from the Brisbane CBD, the new owner set to work turning the replica home built in the 90s into a modern classic. The list of renovations were pretty straightforward but made a massive difference to the 405sq m site. BEFORE RENOVATION: Clean but blah. Picture: Realestate.com.au The block has more than enough room for more car spaces. Picture: Realestate.com.au TODAY: A black and white colour scheme and new fixtures changed this room. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Read More