Newsletter No 32 25 July 2006
Press Freedom:
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region

» In Israel, Walid Al Umari, bureau chief for Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, was detained twice in 24 hours. He was first detained on the evening of 16 July after broadcasting from Haifa, one of Israeli’ northern cities that has been targeted by Hezbollah’s rockets. According to reports, he was freed after spending the night in a detention center. On 17 July he was detained again while reporting on the clashes along the Israeli Lebanese border. Al Umari was questioned about footage he and his crew had taken after Hezbollah’s firing of rockets at Haifa, Al Jazeera reported.

Also in Israel, Reuters’ cameraman Rami Amichi was wounded by shrapnel in a Hezbollah rocket attack against the Israeli city of Nahariya on 13 July.

**Journalists Killed**
» In Lebanon, photographer Layal Nagib was killed by Israeli bombs in the southern town of Cana on 23 July. She was covering the war for the Al Jaras magazine and had also worked for Agence France-Presse.The same day, a technician for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC TV) was killed during an Israeli strike against the TV station’s installations in East Beirut.

Also in Lebanon, Israeli warplanes fired at least two missiles against the Al Manar TV premises in southern Beirut on 13 July, wounding at least two staffers. Al Manar is the TV station of Hezbollah. The station continues to broadcast.

» In the Palestinian Territories, the Israeli army reportedly attacked an Al Jazeera TV crew covering an Israeli incursion in the city of Nablus (West Bank) on 19 July 2006. Cameraman Wael Tantous was wounded with rubber bullets and subsequently taken to the hospital. According to reports, an Israeli jeep suddenly approached the Al Jazeera crew and shot.

On 12 July, a crew of the New TV Lebanese satellite channel was seriously wounded following an Israeli air strike, according to reports. Reporter Basel Al Aridi, cameraman Abed Khayat and assistant Ziad Sawan were covering clashes in southern Lebanon.

» In Yemen, Khaled Salman, editor in chief of the Al Thawri weekly, Nayef Hassan, a journalist of the weekly, were fined one million Yemeni Riyals (USD 5,000) and suspended from working for one year on 18 July. Both the defendant’s lawyers and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate have denounced irregularities during the process. Al Thawri is the organ of the Yemeni Socialist Party (opposition) and has reportedly faced more than 12 condemning sentences in 2006 regarding press offences.

Sources for the alerts:
Arab Press Freedom Watch (AFPW), London
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), New York
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Brussels, Belgium
International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), Canada
International Press Institute (IPI), Vienna, Austria
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), France