World Bulletin / News Desk
Hamas authorities in Gaza on Tuesday summoned the bureau chief of Ma'an's Gaza office for questioning and confiscated the keys to the office, a journalists' union said.
Abed al-Nasser al Najjar, chairman of the Palestinian Journalists' Union, said that the group has filed a complaint against the office of Gaza's public prosecutor for violating press freedoms, reported the Ma'an.
The closure of Ma'an's Gaza office, as ordered by Gaza's prosecutor general on July 25, is a step to permanently taking control of the office, al-Najjar said.
Hamas authorities could confiscate content from the office, or install spyware devices to monitor journalists, the union chairman added.
The group will contact international journalists' unions to pressure Hamas authorities to reopen the office, which has been closed since July 25.
Last Thursday, the attorney-general in the Hamas-run government ordered the closure of the Ma'an News Agency and Al-Arabiya TV bureaus in Gaza.Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2013, 17:23