Monday, September 26, 2011
CPJ calls on Israel to grant Samer Allawi ‘the right to due process’
Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), sent an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voicing his concern over the Israeli government’s treatment of Samer Allawi, the Al-Jazeera bureau chief who was arrested in the West Bank on August 9. Simon complained that Allawi has not been allowed to see his lawyer, has been refused medical treatment, and his family has not been allowed to visit him. More alarmingly, the letter raised the critical issue that Allawi has yet to be charged, and no evidence has been presented against him. Simon has called on the Prime Minister to either “immediately charge or release Samer Allawi”.