Triple pressure

Interrogations and detention without any charge are part of the price that journalists pay for the political rivalry between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian territories. Several media sites were labeled as opposition media by the Palestinian Authority and blocked in 2017. The political tension combined with harassment by the Israeli authorities complicates the work of Palestinian journalists so much that many of them censor themselves. The Israeli authorities have forcibly closed several Palestinian media outlets in recent years, accusing them of inciting violence. Palestinian journalists also encounter problems when covering protests or clashes with security forces.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



135 in 2017

Global score


42.90 in 2017


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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