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Hearing Set for Detained Journalist Jared Malsin
author Thursday January 14, 2010 23:06author by Nathan Stokes - IMEMC News & Agencies Report post

Ma'an News Agency has released a press release regarding the current status of their chief editor of the English desk, Jared Malsin. Mr. Malsin is currently waiting a hearing in the Tel Aviv District Court regarding his potential deportation.

Tel Aviv District Court - Nathan Stokes
Tel Aviv District Court - Nathan Stokes

Ma'an is pleased to share news that Tel Aviv District Judge Mirium Solokov agreed to hear the case of its chief English editor, Jared Malsin, during proceedings held at her court on Thursday morning.

Solokov rejected a request by the Israeli attorney general to dismiss an injunction filed by Ma'an that would temporarily prevent Malsin's impending expulsion. Setting a hearing for Sunday, Solokov asked both sides to gather additional information.

Malsin, an American citizen, was originally detained upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, 12 January 2009. He was held along with his girlfriend, Lutheran Church volunteer Faith Rowold, who was deported early Thursday morning.

Since he was detained, Malsin has been denied contact with anyone but a consular representative and his lawyer, who has been permitted to visit just once and for less than 20 minutes. According to the attorney, Carlos Daoud, ever since the judge accepted Malsin's case, new obstacles have been put in place to prevent him from seeing his client.

More than 48 hours after he was first detained, Malsin is still being denied access to any of his belongings. He was not been given a change of clothes, toiletries, or offered the chance to shower. "I have nothing," he said during a visit to his detention cell by a US consular official on Thursday afternoon. "I don't even have a pen or paper, not even a book."

While Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev has described as "absurd" multiple reports that Malsin's detention was linked to his position as a professional journalist, documents filed by the attorney general suggest otherwise. Indeed, the official explanation filed by the country's own immigration department cited news stories Malsin had authored "inside the territories," and "criticizing the State of Israel."

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and the International Press Institute have all issued public statements condemning Israel's decision to detain Malsin, and have urged his unconditional release.

Dutch officials, whose government provided some of Ma'an's initial funding in 2005, expressed concern and are monitoring the situation. US consular staff continue to closely monitor the case and have contacted Israeli officials over the incident. Dozens of government representatives in Palestine have privately contacted Ma'an to express their own concerns, indicating they may try to take action.

Ma'an scrupulously maintains its editorial independence and aims to promote access to information, freedom of expression, press freedom, and media pluralism in Palestine. It has no other agenda. Israel's arbitrary detention of the head of its English Desk is an affront to journalists not only in Palestine, but also in Israel and abroad, who rely on Ma'an for its accuracy, impartiality, and independence.

For more information please contact

George Hale (English) +972(0)52.785-4907

Raed Othman (Arabic) +972(0)59.925-8704 For a timeline of the detention

Expulsion imminente d’un journaliste américain travaillant dans les Territoires occupés

Publié le 14 janvier 2010
Dans le même pays

24 septembre 2009 - « Gaza, Le livre noir », vérité sur une guerre

26 août 2009 - Fermeture arbitraire d’une radio en Cisjordanie

25 août 2009 - Le gouvernement israélien demande à la Suède de condamner un article jugé diffamatoire

Reporters sans frontières dénonce la détention et l’imminente expulsion de Jared Malsin, journaliste à Ma’an.

Citoyen américain de 26 ans, Jared Malsin est rédacteur en chef depuis deux ans pour Ma’an, agence de presse palestinienne indépendante, dont le siège est basé à Bethléem.

Il a été placé dans un centre de rétention à son arrivée à l’aéroport Ben Gourion de Tel Aviv, le 12 janvier dans l’après-midi. D’après un de ses collègues contacté par l’organisation, le journaliste devrait être expulsé vers les Etats-Unis le 14 janvier, par le vol de 6 heures du matin (heure locale).

Il est accusé par les autorités israéliennes de travailler sans permis.

« C’est ridicule, tout le monde sait que les Israéliens ne délivrent pas de permis de travail pour la Cisjordanie. Il est évident qu’il paie le prix de son travail pour ce média palestinien », a déclaré un journaliste de Ma’an.

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