In the presence of the ICHR, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and Public Prosecution Sign a Joint Memorandum of Understanding

Ramallah - On 28 September 2016, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Public Prosecution and Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS). Aiming to promote cooperation and freedom of the press in Palestine, the MoU was signed by Ahmed Barrak, Attorney General, and Nasser Abu Baker, PJS Chairman.

Dr. Ammar Dweik, ICHR Director, stated that the ICHR would follow up on the Public Prosecution's commitment to not arresting or placing restrictions on journalists on grounds of their professional media activity. Dr. Dweik also announced that the ICHR would monitor the Public Prosecution's compliance with the MoU. He stressed the importance of the MoU, which would consolidate public freedoms and freedom of the press in Palestine.

The MoU was an extension of the Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World. President Mahmoud Abbas was the first president to sign the Declaration.

Barrak said that the MoU mainly provided that journalists would not be detained on grounds of their media activity as long as good faith is maintained.

"With this MoU, the PJS crowns journalists' struggle and activity." Abu Baker declared. He stated that this MoU, which applies to all the Palestinian territory, provided that journalists would not be detained on grounds of the freedom of opinion and expression.