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Abbas Censors Truth

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Israel and Palestinian Authority both censor truth.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel notoriously censors truth. Military censorship bans or sanitizes material potentially harming Israel's security. Media/government agreements comply.

Some make sense like banning reports beneficial to adversaries. Others don't by suppressing information people have a right to know. For example, whatever affects their welfare and officials' crimes need revealing so everyone knows. 

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Various Supreme Court decisions also limit content suppression to "tangible (or) near certain" instances of public endangerment. Of course, interpretations are crucial. 

Authorities are increasingly hardline to get their way. In the process, fundamental rights are violated perhaps on the way to being entirely destroyed.

Israel prohibits Palestinian protests. Free expression is compromised. Classroom materials are rewritten. Only praise for Israel is allowed. Nakba denial persists. Academia is affected. Historical revisionism legitimizes crimes too important to whitewash.

Palestine Authority Targets Truth

On April 25, Haaretz headlined, "Palestinian Authority blocks news websites critical of Abbas"....saying:

The PA instructed ISPs to block access to critical news websites. There's plenty to criticize Abbas for, especially for being a longtime Israeli collaborator against the interests of his own people. Instead of correcting what's wrong, he wants truth suppressed.

The PA "blocked eight news (sites) operating in the West Bank." They include Amad, Fatah, Fatah Voice, Firas Press, In Light Press, Karama Press, Kofia Press, Milad News, and Palestine Beituna.

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The Palestinian communications company Paltel (part owned by the PA) agreed to the move. The sites focus on "internal Palestinian matters...." Earlier, the PA closed a critical TV station.

Attorney General Ahmad Al Mughani ordered the shutdown. He neither confirmed or denied it. Communication Minister Mashur Abu Daqqa said he was involved. "He makes his own rules in order to justify what is only his own decision," he said.

Doing so violates the public interest, he added. In March, Al Mughani ordered a journalist arrested for reporting Palestinian Foreign Ministry corruption. 

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