Palestinian NGO’s form coalition to defend freedom of expression 15Feb11 February 16, 2011

Palestine News Network -  15 February 2011

Ramallah – PNN – on Sunday 17 Palestinian human rights, women, media and youth organizations announced the formation of a coalition focused on defending freedom of expression in the Palestinian territories, with press freedoms at the top of the agenda.

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The coalition was initiated by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), participating organizations agreed to form a coalition after holding a number of preliminary meetings in Ramallah and Gaza in the start of 2011.

MADA noted in its January monthly report an increase of violations by Palestinian security forces against people working in media and agencies.

According to a press release issued on Monday all of the involved organizations believe in the importance of a joint effort lead by civil society institutions to develop respect for freedom of expression in the Palestinian territories especially in the continued violation against Palestinian rights and freedom of expression from the Israeli forces and settlers who committed the most of violations, in addition to the violations committed by several Palestinian parts in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The coalition will implement numerous initiatives to achieve its goals in cooperating with all concerned parties to advance freedom of expression.  MADA announced on Monday that the coalition membership will be open to civil society organizations and active persons in this field.


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