FROM TRANSCRIPT OF CPJ INTERVIEW WITH MAZEN DANA
The situation of journalists in Hebron, really it's going from bad to worse. I'm expected it before one year and one year and a half, when I told them the situation is going very, very, very bad. And to the worst, to the hell. Eh, now, before this we were able to move, to go, even to go to Bethlehem, to other places, to other cities. But now we are stopped. Even here now we are not allowed to go to film area which is under Israeli, in area C in Hebron which is under Israeli control. And Hebron city, which is divided to two parts, I'm able just to go two kilometers square and area which is under Palestinian control. But now under Israeli control, we are not, we are not allowed. Even my home, it's in area C, in Kalif you are not allowed to go out of my home, even if I am journalist. They kick us now, they threaten our life and our life is going in very, very critical and dangerous situation.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, colleagues,
I am happy to be here and proud to receive this prestigious award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. It is the result of 14 years of continuous sweat and toil.
It gives me strength to know that our colleagues around the world are supporting us in the quest for truth against those who seek to stifle it.
Working in the divided city of Hebron, attacks on press freedom take place daily at the hands of the Israeli army and the settlers, who live in the center of town.
To be a journalist and cameraman in a city of lost hope like Hebron requires great sacrifices.
Gunfire, humiliation, beatings, prison, rocks, and the destruction of journalists' equipment are just some of the hardships. And there is also the inability to move freely.
The sad thing is that I can travel anywhere in the world, but I am unable to travel to the Reuters bureau in Jerusalem which is just 25 kilometers away from Hebron.
Being here, I leave behind my colleagues of whom I am very proud and who are no less courageous and deserving of this award, especially my close Reuters colleague Nael Shyioukhi who has worked by my side for 8 years.
Words and images are a public trust and for this reason I will continue with my work regardless of the hardships and even if it costs me my life.
Yesterday, a tragedy befell four of our colleagues in Afghanistan. This tragedy illustrates just how costly uncovering the truth can be. The bitterness of this event is only alleviated by the knowledge that journalists around the world continue to strive for the truth. And your
support for us on the front lines gives us hope.
In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Reuters for its unwavering support through difficult times and for making me a better cameraman. I would especially like to thank Rodney Pinder, Steve Windy, Paul Holmes Victor Antony, and Tom Kirkwood, among others.
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