UN calls on PA to halt crackdown on journalists, political opponents

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UN calls on PA to halt crackdown on journalists, political opponents
Journalists covering the protests over Banat's death have also been beaten by PA security forces.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
JUNE 29, 2021

The Palestinian Authority must stop its crackdown on journalists and political opponents, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday. "We call on the Palestinian Authority to ensure that security forces ensure freedom of expression, freedom of opinion and peaceful assembly," Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the noon briefing. Any "excessive use of force" should be "investigated and prosecuted in accordance with the law," he said.

Dujarric spoke amid heightened tensions between the PA and its opponents in the aftermath of the death of Palestinian political activist Nizar Banat during a raid on his home by PA security forces. Witnesses have alleged that he was beaten to death; results of an initial PA probe are expected to be published within days. Journalists covering the protests over Banat's death have also been beaten by PA security forces.

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