Occupied Palestinian territory: The gathering of the Palestinian Journalists accuse whatsapp of blocking journalists' accounts

The Gathering of the Palestinian Journalists condemned and reported that popular messaging application WhatsApp banned on Friday, November 15, accounts of hundreds of Palestinian journalists reporting on Israeli violations in Gaza.

The decision to block Palestinians’ access to their WhatsApp account comes a few days after Israeli troops launched violent attacks on civilians in Gaza, killing at least 37 people.

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26 November 2019

WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts

Author: Middle East Monitor

"WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts", 16th of November 2019

WhatsApp yesterday blocked access to hundreds of Palestinian journalists and activists who were providing live updates during the Israeli offensive on Gaza, Safa news agency reported.

..The Gathering of the Palestinian Journalists condemned this step and accused WhatsApp of being complicit in Israel crimes against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

...“This is to cover up the Israeli crimes and this is a continuation of the mother company, Facebook, as well as Twitter which had banned and blocked pages and accounts of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and media companies with thousands and millions of followers,” the group said.

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