Press agency’s outrage over photo journalist’s arrest in Israel

Mustafa Kharouf was arrested after his application for family unification was rejected by Israeli authorities. Social media

Press agencies are calling for the release of a Palestinian photo journalist who has been detained in Israel and is now facing deportation to Jordan.

The Turkish Anadolu news agency, which together with the Polish Press Agency (PAP) is a member of the European Alliance of News Agencies, said that its photo reporter Mustafa Kharouf was arrested after his application for family unification was rejected.

In an official statement, the Anadolu Agency said: “Mr. Mustafa Kharouf has been living in Jerusalem for over 20 years and has a Palestinian mother, a Palestinian wife, and children. 

“We have doubts that his deportation is mainly related to the Israeli government’s discomfort of his journalistic activities.” 

The statement added: “Regarding human rights, rights of press freedom and freedom of expression we urge Israel to review Mr. Mustafa Kharouf’s case and let him unite with his family by giving his residence permit in a situation which is already being followed by international media institutions.  

 “We call on national and international press organizations to react and take action regarding this violation of both human rights and press freedom.”