PA Arrests Journalist Over Story On Capture of Murderer of the Henkins

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Palestinian journalist has been arrested for reporting that the Palestinian Authority provided Israel with information leading to the apprehension of the suspected murderer of Eitam and Naama Henkin, Hy”d, on a road near Itamar in the Shomron during Chol Hamoed Sukkos, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Salim Sweidan, who works for the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, was arrested by PA security forces on Sunday, on charges of “slander, inaccurate reporting, reporting facts that run counter to national responsibility, violating journalistic ethics, and harming national unity.”

Ma’an journalists protested the arrest, saying that Sweidan was not the source of the information that was reported.

“The Palestinian security services should have denied the report instead of arresting journalists,” the agency said in a statement.

Ma’an called on international rights groups and human rights organizations to intervene in the case in order to bring about Sweidan’s release.

The journalist is said to be in poor health, suffering from high blood pressure.

The ambushing of the Henkins, which took place as their children sat in the backseat, was one of the brutal attacks which led off the current wave of Palestinian terror.