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Posted by IFJ news release

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has reiterated its call for Israeli forces to end attacks against journalists and media organisations in Gaza following a further spate of violent incidents on Tuesday 22 July. According to media reports, an Israeli war jet fired shots at the Aljazeera office based in Al-Jala' Tower in Gaza City Centre. Media workers were forced to evacuate the building.

IFJ affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), has also reported that cameraman Sami Thabet, who works for Palestine TV, was injured in an Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Hospital in the centre of Gaza, while journalists Ahmad Al Bodeiri and Sarah Al-Athra, from Palestine Today TV, were hit by rubber coated bullets.

In another incident, BBC Arabic reporter, Feras Khatib, was this morning manhandled by an angry Israeli bystander while reporting live from inside the Israeli city of Ashkelon.

The attacks followed a statement made by the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, yesterday Monday, 21 July, in which he slammed Al Jazeera, stating: “Al Jazeera does not even bother to appear as a reliable news outlet for the sake of appearance. It broadcasts to Gaza and the world anti-Israeli incitement, lies, provocations and it encourages terrorists to act." He also said he is looking into the possibility of banning Al Jazeera from broadcasting in Israel.

The PJS has repeated its deep concern for journalists covering events in Gaza and has called on international human rights organisations and the UN to help bring an end to the attacks.

“As each day goes by we learn of more and more incidents where journalists reporting in Gaza are being intimidated, attacked and murdered," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. “Too many journalists and media workers have been injured or killed in the line of duty already, and if this violence continues then more lives will surely be lost. Israeli authorities must control their forces and end this abuse of power now."

Journalists reporting from the region are advised to read IFJ's Front Line Journalism Handbook. Specifically designed for journalists working in the Arab World and Middle East, the regionally customised handbook provides journalists with invaluable practical safety advice and information for covering conflict zones. It can be found at:

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DATELINE: 3 September, 2014


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Stop the attacks on media in Gaza

NUJ expresses solidarity with Palestinian journalists in Gaza As the Israeli military operation intensifies in Gaza, the NUJ parliamentary group has written to the UK government's foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, demanding immediate action to secure the protection of the journalists reporting in Gaza. The letter, sent from John McDonnell MP, recognises: "The vital role journalists play in documenting the horrors being inflicted, primarily on the population in Gaza, is crucial and must be urgently defended by our government." The Trade Union Congress (TUC), representing trade unions across the UK, have issued a statement on Gaza that states: "Many people have been killed going about their daily jobs such as health workers, teachers and journalists." The TUC have also called for trade unionists to support for the ‘stop the massacre in Gaza' demonstration in London on Saturday 26 July starting at 12 noon outside the Israeli embassy. Today the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PJS), the NUJ's sister union in Palestine, have reported more than 20 local journalists have been displaced in Gaza, meaning that journalists and their families have been forced to evacuate their homes. The journalists displaced so far include: Journalists from Khan Younis * Ahmad Fayyad * Mohammed Fayyad * Ibrahim Fayyad * Mahmoud Alathamneh Journalists from Abasan * Hatem Abu Daqqa * Fuad Abu Hamad >From central Gaza * Imad Abdalrahman >From Beit Hanoon * Nael Hamoudeh >From Nseirat * Mahmoud El-Louh >From Jabalya * Sami Abusalem Journalists from Shojaeyah * Hanadi Ahmad * Ziyad Awad * Mirvat Abu Jame' * Bothyna Shtewi * Ala' Shmali * Mohammed Moheisen * Moemen Qoreiqe' * Majdi Qoreiqe' * Ala' Abu Shanab * Ahed Farawneh * Majed Habib Further information please go to the NUJ web site at: 24 July 2014

Posted by: Barry White: 24 Jul, 2014 00:00:00

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