BBC: PAUL MARTIN SAYS RELEASE WAS ‘VICTORY FOR FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA”

‘Excruciating days’: journalist Paul Martin recounts Gaza detention

Paul Martin, British journalistPaul Martin was handed over to a delegation from the British consulate

A British journalist arrested by the Hamas authorities in Gaza has been released after nearly a month in detention.

Paul Martin was the first foreigner to be detained in Gaza since Hamas took over in the Palestinian territory in 2007.

He wasn’t charged with anything but one Hamas leader has said Mr Martin was suspected of serious security offences related to his work as a journalist and of being in touch with Gazans suspected of collaborating with Israel.

In an exclusive interview for Newshour just hours after his release, the BBC’s Claire Bolderson asked him how he felt after 27 days in captivity?

British journalist Paul Martin speaks after being released by

Hamas in Gaza

Paul Martin: “We struck a blow for freedom of the media”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/video_and_audio/8564094.stm

First broadcast 11 March 2010

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