PEN og Journalistlaget etterlyser «forsvunnet» norsk-palestinsk journalist

28nd of May 2013

Norwegian PEN
Wergelandsveien 29,
0167 Oslo,

The Norwegian Union of Journalists
P.O. Box 8793 St. Olavs plass
0028 Oslo

Syrian Government
The Embassy of Syrian Arab Republic in Scandinavian Countries
Syrian Embassy
P.o.Box: 4,
182 11 Danderyd

Concerns of journalist and author Moheeb Alnawaty

Dear Sirs

Through Interpol we have been informed that Moheeb Alnawaty the 5th of January 2011 was taken into custody by Syrian authorities during a stay in Damascus. Moheeb Alnawaty is a Norwegian journalist and author originally from Gaza, Palestine. Since 2008, he has lived in Norway with his wife and six children. According to the police investigation, he was arrested in Syria by  «security reasons». We – the undersigned – see the act of withholding him without charge or trial for 29 months as a serious violation of human rights and urge You to take immediate action to have him released.

The Norwegian Embassy in Damascus and Amman has made formal requests about Moheeb to the Syrian authorities. Moheeb Alnawaty was granted a Norwegian citizenship In absentia in May 2012. Enclosed You will find more detailed information about him.

Hoping that You will bring this information to the persons in charge,

William Nygaard/s.
President, Norwegian PEN

Thomas Spence/s.
President, Norwegian Union of Journalists

Carl Morten Iversen
Secretary general, Norwegian PEN