World Bulletin / News Desk
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned on Tuesday the shooting of a Palestinian photojournalist in Ramallah and called for an investigation to identify and punish the shooter. A Palestinian photojournalist was shot and severely injured by an Israeli soldier near the Ofer prison in Ramallah last Friday evening, according to the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) which is affiliated to IFJ.
"We condemn the use of lethal force against a working journalist who did nothing wrong and is now fighting for his life," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. He added, "This latest incident is another example of the Israeli soldiers' disregard for the safety of Palestinian journalists and their right to life."
The PJS also condemned the shooting which it said was deliberate. PJS further warned of media safety crisis in Palestine, accusing the Israeli forces of putting lives at risk by firing live bullets against media.
IFJ stressed the duty of Israel to fulfil its international obligation under international law.
IFJ started training on safety skills that would help reduce risk for Palestinian media personnel in the West Bank and Gaza, considered one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists, in 2004.Last Mod: 05 Mart 2013, 17:09