Hamas frees British journalist held in Gaza


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A British journalist held in Gaza for nearly a month was released.

Paul Martin, a freelance journalist and filmmaker, was turned over to British officials on Thursday, according to the BBC.

Martin, 55, has filed freelance reports for the BBC, Al Jazeera International, CNN and Britain’s Channel 4 News.

He was arrested Feb. 14 when he arrived at a Gaza City courthouse to testify on behalf of a Hamas operative accused of collaborating with Israel who had been the subject of one of his reports. Martin was accused of breaking Palestinian law and violating Gaza security; he was never charged.

Martin was the first foreign journalist to be held in Gaza since Hamas took over three years ago, according to The Guardian.

Hamas told the Associated Press that Martin signed a pledge not to return to Gaza.

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