The Journalists Support Committee called for the release of 25 journalists and media professionals who have been sentenced to various sentences, including the journalist Bushra al-Tawil.
A statement by the committee said on Friday that it views with great danger the attempts to restrict freedom of media work through repeated campaigns of arrests of the Israeli occupation against journalists, their prosecution and violation of the freedom of their professional work.
Although the occupation released the journalist Mujahid Al-Saadi, from Jenin, on Thursday evening, after 7 months in administrative detention, 25 journalists and media professionals are still sitting between the bars of the occupation prisons, whose human and journalistic rights are violated.
The committee also affirmed the right of journalists to work freely and convey the true message of the situation in the Palestinian territories without intimidation, extortion, confiscation of freedoms, and preventing them from carrying out their role.
The committee’s statement called on humanitarian and human rights institutions to intervene to stop the detention policy, renew the administrative detention of journalists detained in the occupation prisons, and release all journalists and activists who are detained by the occupation politically without legal justification.
The statement also called on the UN Security Council to implement Resolution 2222 on providing protection for journalists, and to hold "Israel" accountable for its violations against Palestinian media professionals.
The committee also stressed the need for the International Federation of Journalists and other defenders of freedom of the press and expression to move to stand by the Palestinian media.