Text of report in English by Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website
Threats are nothing new to our agency, and our chief editor, in particular, is not influenced by this kind of intimidation. Recently, after several Palestinian leaders lost their balance and many factional spokespersons became politically blind, believing themselves to be more important than
Under such circumstances, Ma'an's administration convened and decided to submit a written complaint to dismissed Prime Minister Isma'il Haniyah, against the threats to defame Ma'an, in an attempt to force us to change our independent and impartial editorial policy.
The message sent to Isma'il Haniyah by the chief editor read, "Punishment for defamation is to be imposed by courts, not by individuals when they are upset." Unfortunately, Isma'il Haniyah has yet to respond.
Two hours after Barhum's threats, Hamas websites started to denigrate Ma'an and its correspondents in
Barhum challenged Ma'an to prove the validity of a report published [on Ma'an's Arabic news page] of a Fatah activist in Khan Yunus having nails driven into his feet by Hamas activists. We accept the challenge, and here publish the photo.
We hold Barhum and others responsible for the legal, security and professional repercussions of this campaign of defamation. We continue wait for a response from former Prime Minister Haniyah.
Source: Ma'an News Agency website,