Might Palestinian Press Freedom Gain From UN Statehood Vote?

December 11, 2012 10:48 by

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a special report on jailed journalists. Turkey’s the biggest jailer; neither Israel nor Fatahstan or Hamastan made the CPJ’s top ten list (not even per capita).

This snippet has me wondering: How might Palestinian press freedom benefit from the PA’s boosted status at the UN?

Journalists who either disappear or are abducted by nonstate entities such as criminal gangs or militant groups are not included on the prison census. Their cases are classified as “missing” or “abducted.”

I’d like to think this opens new avenues of accountability — Hamas and Fatah don’t have great track records of respecting free expression and free journalism.

But I’m not holding my breath.

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