A Palestinian journalist has claimed that he was tortured by Hamas after being arrested for comments he made on Facebook. Ayman al-Alul, a journalist with the Arab Now news agency, was detained on January 3 and released on Monday.
“My journalism was annoying them so they charged me with incitement against the government of Gaza and therefore the Hamas movement and the Palestinian resistance,” he told AFP.
The 44-year-old said that he was subject to “torture” in the form of “verbal abuse that should not be used against a person my age. I am a civilian without any security problems.”
He added that he was hit lightly, but the psychological stress was more damaging. Two years ago, he was arrested and held for six days, however he claims that, “This time it was for nine days, and I was slapped a lot."
He believes that he was arrested in an effort by Hamas to get rid of criticism of the government.
With 30,000 followers on Facebook, he has said that he will not stop posting but may tone down his anti-government posts.
“My activities will continue, even if a little less sharply so as not to hurt Hamas or the government.”
In response to his arrest, dozens of journalists protested and demanded his release.
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