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Journalists in Gaza face intensifying crackdown

Several journalists from the Gaza Strip have recently been kidnapped by the Hamas-run security services, beaten and tortured, to finally be released after being instructed not to criticize the movement.
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CAIRO — Amer Baalousheh, a journalist from the Gaza Strip, never expected the Hamas-affiliated security services to abduct journalists whom they consider against the movement, until it happened to him. He was abducted from the streets of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on April 29.

Baalousheh, 26, who works as a reporter for the Egyptian El Badil newspaper, has also recently emerged as a youth activist and has led many demonstrations, most notably a Jan. 12 electricity protest in Gaza.

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