A Palestinian Authority’s (PA) court in Nablus issued a three-month prison sentence and a fine against journalist Abdul Rahman Zaher, on charges of “defaming the authority”. This comes after a year and a half after his release on bail.
Prior to his arrest, Zaher had shared a Facebook post on the PA’s attacks on UAE for declaring normalisation with the Israeli occupation, saying: “The last one to comment should be the Palestinian Authority and any other country that establishes peace or commercial relations with the occupation.”
The Preventive Security Service in Nablus had arrested Zaher in August 2020, for about 37 days, during which he suffered from “difficult health conditions.”
Days after his release, the occupation rearrested him again as part of a campaign against Palestinian journalists and interrogated him on the same charges he faced during his detention by the Preventive Security Service.
Zaher works in the Media Centre of An-Najah University in Nablus, as a producer and presenter for various programs. He held various positions including manager of the media production at Watan Production Foundation, executive producer for the Jordanian “Roya”, and he also played many dramatic and theatrical works, documentaries, and journalistic investigations.