GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Gaza reporter is appealing a six-month jail term and fine over her reporting on supposed corruption within the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
Hajar Harb appeared prior to a Hamas-run court on Tuesday, where the judge delayed the hearing up until March.
Fathi Sabah, a reporter marketing on her behalf, states it’s the very first time Hamas authorities have actually taken legal action against a reporter for their work because the Islamic militant group took Gaza by force in 2007.
Harb reported in 2016 that healthy individuals were paying medical professionals to assist them prevent the Israeli-Egyptian blockade by providing medical recommendations to health centers abroad. She was sentenced and fined later on that year.
On Monday, Amnesty International called Harb’s prosecution “an outrageous attack on media liberty.”