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    Palestine: Journalists in Danger: AS THE SECURITY CHAOS INCREASES Report, Al Mezan, 2 November 2006 http://electronicIntifada.net/v2/article5929.shtml As the
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      Palestine: Journalists in Danger:

      AS THE SECURITY CHAOS INCREASES
      Report, Al Mezan, 2 November 2006
      http://electronicIntifada.net/v2/article5929.shtml


      As the security chaos escalated in Gaza yesterday, the number of its
      victims increased. A group of armed men attacked the Ash-Shaab
      (People's Voice) radio station office in Gaza city yesterday, where
      they shot at the staff members with live ammunition and smashed
      equipment. Al Mezan has documented the killing of 157 Palestinians,
      the injuring of 972, the abduction of 72 (including 15 foreign
      citizens), as well as 94 assaults on Palestinian institutions since
      the start of 2006.

      According to the affidavit given to Al Mezan by one of the Ash-Shaab
      Radio staff members, at approximately 7pm Wednesday, 1 November 2006,
      the station received a telephone threat from a person who claimed to
      have worked for a security apparatus in Gaza. The staff member stated
      that the threat came after the station had broadcast news about an
      alleged high-level replacement of the head of this apparatus. The
      station was soon contacted by the director of the same apparatus who
      was given the time to speak live and deny that the replacement had
      occurred.

      However, three armed men appeared at the station's office in
      Thalathini Street in Gaza City and forced its six staff members and
      two guests into one room in the office. One militant aimed his gun at
      them, while the other two destroyed the equipment in another room.
      They then opened fire on the feet of the staff; four of whom were
      injured by splinters.

      It is also worth noting that some 20 armed men had attacked the office
      of Al Ummal radio station on 12 October 2006, attacked the staff and
      destroyed equipment.

      Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights condemns all kinds of assault on the
      media, which is a serious manifestation of the security chaos in Gaza.
      Such acts demand a quick response from the Palestinian officials and
      the law enforcement establishment, who are obliged to investigate and
      bring to justice the individuals responsible.

      Al Mezan is highly concerned about the impact of such attacks on the
      freedom of opinion and expression, as well as the functions of free
      media, in the OPT. These rights are essential and must be protected in
      all circumstances. The protection of basic human rights and
      fundamental freedoms is essential for any efforts to restore security
      and order in the Palestinian society, which is the main function of
      any Palestinian government.

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