Intimidation of Palestinian journalists

April 26, 2004 14:44 by

This plague continues:

Unidentified gunmen broke the arms of Palestinian news photographer Jamal Arouri in Ramallah on Thursday night, in the latest attack on a journalist in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

Arouri, 38, who also works for PA daily Al-Ayyam, said two masked men carrying pistols pounced on him as he walked out of his car in front of his house and clubbed him, breaking both his arms…

“I have been on this job for 14 years and never been through such an experience,” said Arouri. “I have no enemies… This is the first time in my life that somebody has attacked me.”

AFP Jerusalem bureau chief Christian Chaise said there was no discernible motive for the beating. “We are at a total loss,” he said. “We have no explanation.”

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