Malsin, a U.S citizen, was returning to
George Hale, an editor at Ma’an, told CPJ that around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the authorities informed both Malsin and Rowold that they had been denied entry for “security reasons.” Their mobile phones were briefly returned to them, only to be confiscated again just after midnight when they were transferred to holding cells.
The Israeli Ministry of Interior issued a deportation order on Wednesday morning against Malsin for “security reasons,” according to his lawyer, Castro Daoud. “Interrogation transcripts show that Malsin was deemed a security risk because of his political beliefs,” Daoud told CPJ. “Security at the airport gathered news stories written by him which they deemed critical of the State of Israel.” He added that security officials also interrogated Malsin about a pro-Palestinian activist group called the International Solidarity Movement. “My client has no affiliation with any activist group; the allegations that he represents a security risk are baseless,” Daoud added.
“We are alarmed by the Israeli government's efforts to deport Jared Malsin on vague security charges,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem “We call on the Israeli authorities to ensure that our colleague be allowed to carry out his work without further harassment.”
Malsin was slated for expulsion back to
Israeli authorities do not recognize Ma’an as a news
organization and as such Malsin has been entering