The International Federation of Journalists has condemned Israel for re-arresting nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.
Vanunu was arrested six months after his release from jail where he served 18 years for revealing Israel’s nuclear secrets to The Sunday Times.
The Israeli authorities said he was suspected of leaking classified information to unauthorised parties and violating the terms of his release.
Since Vanunu was freed in April this year he has been barred from leaving Israel and meeting foreign media.
“Vanunu has served his time but continues to be persecuted”, said IFJ general secretary Aidan White. “This is intimidation, pure and simple.”
The protection of whistle-blowers such as Vanunu is vital to free expression, said the IFJ, which is campaigning for greater protection for journalists’ sources of information.