Double 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. 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 forcibly closed some Palestinian media outlets in 2015 and 2016, accusing them of inciting violence. Palestinian journalists also encounter problems when covering protests or clashes with the security forces.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



132 in 2016

Global score


42.93 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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