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Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq has entered the 82nd day of a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention by Israeli authorities, who are authorized to arrest Palestinians without needing to provide any justification or opening a judicial case. Israeli officials “suspended” al-Qeeq’s administrative detention on 4 February after his health condition worsened, only to chain him to his hospital bed.

Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq has entered the 82nd day of a hunger strike to protest his administrative detention by Israeli authorities, who are authorized to arrest Palestinians without needing to provide any justification or opening a judicial case. Israeli officials “suspended” al-Qeeq’s administrative detention on 4 February after his health condition worsened, only to chain him to his hospital bed.

Al-Qeeq, who lost the ability to speak two weeks ago and has been communicating by writing, is said to be on the verge of death. Last week, the International PEN Organization called for al-Qeeq’s release.

DİSK Basın-İş, which as a union of journalists in Turkey is only too familiar with the pressure on journalism at the hands of authorities, demands that Mohammed al-Qeeq be released immediately.