Swedish journalists face Israeli curbs over report

The report in the newspaper Aftonbladet cites Palestinian sources alleging that Israeli soldiers detained young men, then returned their bodies with organs missing.

Swedish journalists face Israeli curbs over report

Israel placed curbs on Swedish journalists on Sunday after a mass-selling newspaper in Sweden reported that Israeli soldiers harvested the organs of Palestinians after abducting them from the West Bank and Gaza.

Sweden has said press freedom means it cannot intervene in a dispute over the Aftonbladet's reprinting last Monday.

The article, "Our sons are being stripped of their organs," appeared Tuesday in Aftonbladet and was an opinion piece written by freelance journalist Donald Bostrom.

The report in the newspaper Aftonbladet cites Palestinian sources alleging that Israeli soldiers detained young men, then returned their bodies with organs missing.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said last week would not muzzle the media.

A ministry spokeswoman declined comment on a report that Sweden's ambassador to Israel was reprimanded for issuing a statement condemning the Aftonbladet article as "appalling". The statement was no longer on the embassy's Web site on Sunday.

A spokesman for Israel's Interior Ministry said it was freezing the issue of entry visas to Swedish journalists. We have no duty to supply them with press cards immediately; (we) have 90 days to decide about their status," said Danny Siman, the head of the government press office.

The journalists have to have the credentials to report from Gaza under Israel occupation.


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Agencies

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