The Committee to Protect Journalists continues to call on the Biden Administration to uphold its previous commitments to press freedom and human rights
Washington, D.C. — Three members of the Abu Akleh family––brother Anton, niece Lina, and nephew Victor –– joined members of Congress, the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) and the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) at a news conference on Thursday to renew their calls for a credible and transparent U.S. investigation that leads to meaningful accountability for the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank in May.
The news conference capped a week of meetings for the Abu Akleh family in Washington, D.C. with members of Congress and Biden administration officials, including at the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. State Department.
After the family met on Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CPJ reiterated its support for the Abu Akleh family and their post-meeting statement calling for “nothing short of a US investigation that leads to real accountability.” The family also met this week with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Senators Chris Van Hollen, Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, and Jeff Merkley. Representatives Jim McGovern, Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, Joaquin Castro, Rashida Tlaib, André Carson, Ro Khanna, Betty McCollum also met with the family. More than 80 members of Congress have signed multiple letters of support.
Several members of Congress joined the Abu Akleh family at the press conference, including Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, André Carson, Ilhan Omar, Marie Newman, Ayanna Pressley and Betty McCollum to echo the demands for accountability and justice for Shireen.
Last month, CPJ wrote to President Biden to demand a U.S.-led investigation into Shireen’s killing but have yet to receive a response.
Below are quotes from Thursday’s press conference on Capitol Hill, which can be viewed here.