Press freedom in the news 1/16/2009

Inter Press News has an article about the continued struggle journalists are facing to report on the conflict in Gaza. The story quotes our letter to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak criticizing the IDF’s decision to bar journalists from entering Gaza. The article cites CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon who says, “By preventing journalists from covering its military offensive in Gaza, Israel is betraying its own democratic principles. It is also denying the world access to fact-based reporting.”
The attack on a media building in Gaza received coverage in the Spanish-language media with the Argentina-based newspaper La Nacion running a story in today’s edition.