In July 2017 the President of the Palestinian authority Mahmoud Abbas signed a decree allowing the arrest of people for causing damage to «national unity» or «public order» by publishing on the Internet and in social networks.
The penalty for violation of the decree, from years in prison to life imprisonment, the newspaper «gaarets».
Palestinian human rights organizations claim that the Ordinance actually allows you to go to prison for any criticism of the Palestinian authority and its leadership. At the same time, Palestinian prosecutors say the aim is protection from cyber crimes and slander.
According to the publication, last month on the basis of the decree were closed on 30 Internet sites and detained 5 journalists. Four journalists were summoned for questioning in connection with his publications in social networks.