On the West Bank, Palestinian security forces under the control of President Mahmud Abbas persecuted journalists close to Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip. Two journalists working for al-Aqsa TV, financed by Hamas, were imprisoned for 20 days and then released without charge. Arrests of journalists are used to settle political scores. And no-one is safe. Palestinian Authority security forces have brutally set about journalists from several different media who arrived to cover events there.