A reporter tagged in a Facebook image that mocked the Palestinian president said Saturday he faces trial for insulting a public figure, raising concerns about freedom of speech in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110122/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_palestinians_facebook_insult
Mamdouh Hamamreh, who works for the pro-Hamas Al-Quds TV, said security forces detained him in September, just hours after the image appeared on his Facebook feed. The picture showed President Mahmoud Abbas — a Hamas rival — standing next to an actor who plays a villain on a popular Syrian soap opera, the reporter said.
Hamamreh said he was held for more than 50 days in a Palestinian lockup after the picture appeared on his feed. He said he had nothing to do with the image. He was released in November and says a hearing has been set for next month.
"I censor myself now," Hamamreh said. "I'm careful of what I say."
Don't be fooled - - the Palestinian state which eventually emerges from negotiations will be neither free nor democratic nor prosperous. After a few years, there will be nostalgia for the Israeli occupation.