Friday, July 12,
Reuters journalist remains in Israeli jail
Israeli authorities have failed to release a jailed Reuters cameraman, despite a military court's decision that he should be freed after 10 weeks' detention without trial. The Israeli army arrested Jussry al-Jamal, a 23-year-old Palestinian, as he filmed near a hospital in Hebron on April 30.
Israeli officials say Jamal is suspected of assisting a Palestinian militant group involved in the intifada, but have presented no evidence to support the allegation and have not pressed charges against him.
A military court on June 18 rejected an appeal to release Jamal immediately but decided he could go free on July 10, three weeks before the scheduled end of his three-month term of detention without charge. Officials did not say why Jamal had not been released on Wednesday.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Geert Linnebank wrote in a letter of protest to the Israeli authorities that Reuters was "outraged and alarmed" by Jamal's continued detention, calling it "a gross violation of press freedoms and a blatant contravention of international standards of conduct towards journalists legitimately doing their jobs."