Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists

August 30, 2016 3:19 AM

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JERUSALEM – A leading international rights group says Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies.

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said both the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, and the Western-backed Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank are "arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the a...

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