Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory / Middle East & North Africa

  
Rockets are fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.

CPJ calls for investigation into killing of Palestinian journalist Mohammad El-Salhi in Gaza

New York, October 7, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Israel to investigate the killing on Saturday of Palestinian journalist Mohammad El-Salhi, make its findings public, and take immediate action to ensure the safety of media workers reporting on the biggest attack on Israel in years by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. In Saturday’s assault, Hamas…

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60+ organizations urge US Congress to pursue justice for slain Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2023 —It has been more than a year since Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot while reporting on an Israeli military raid of a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The prevailing consensus is that an Israeli soldier was responsible for her death. Yet there has been no…

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60+ NGOs call on US Congress to pursue justice for slain Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Read the full letter by a coalition of more than 60 organizations urging members of Congress to support the Justice for Shireen Act (H.R. 3477). (Read the press release about the letter here.)

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Israeli military destroys news equipment of Al-Araby TV crew covering Jenin operation

New York, July 6, 2023 — The Israel Defense Forces must investigate the July 3 attack that destroyed an Al-Araby TV crew’s equipment, make public its findings, and take immediate measures to ensure journalists’ safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On July 3, Al-Araby TV reporter Amid Shehadeh and camera operator Rabi Munir…

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Israel Defense Forces shoot 2 Palestinian photojournalists with rubber bullets

New York, June 8, 2023—Israel Defense Force officials must investigate the Wednesday, June 7, shootings of photojournalists Momen Somrain and Rabi al-Munir with rubber bullets and make public its findings, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.  IDF soldiers shot the journalists with rubber-coated bullets while they reported on an IDF demolition of a terrorism…

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Media coverage of CPJ ‘Deadly Pattern’ report on journalists killed by Israeli military

On May 9, 2023, the Committee to Protect Journalists published “Deadly Pattern,” a report on the Israeli military’s killing of 20 journalists in 22 years — and how no one has been held accountable for those deaths. Some of the global coverage of the CPJ report:

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A deadly reporting field for Palestinian journalists 

Palestinians make up 90% of the journalists and media workers killed by the IDF in CPJ’s database. (The other 10% were foreign correspondents; no Israelis were killed.) Those figures are partly a reflection of broader trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; over the last 15 years, 21 times more Palestinians than Israelis have been killed, according…

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How Israel probes journalist killings

Israel’s procedure for examining military killings of civilians such as journalists is a black box. There is no policy document describing the process in detail and the results of any probe are confidential. If an incident taking place during active combat raises the suspicion of a violation of international law, the office of the army…

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Deadly Pattern: 20 journalists died by Israeli military fire in 22 years. No one has been held accountable.

The May 11, 2022, killing of Al-Jazeera Arabic correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh is part of a deadly, decades-long pattern. Over 22 years, CPJ has documented at least 20 journalist killings by members of the Israel Defense Forces. Despite numerous IDF probes, no one has ever been charged or held responsible for these deaths. The impunity…

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Covering the West Bank: Security insights and tips for journalists

As the Jerusalem correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, Bethan McKernan has spent much of the last year covering the escalating cycle of violence in in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It feels, she says, like “a slow-motion opening salvo of a new war.”    According to the U.S.-based non-profit Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project…

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