Israel - Petition by Reporters Without Borders and 160 news media about Gaza news blockade handed in at Israeli embassy



    MONTREAL, Jan. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders went to the
Israeli embassy in Paris today and, in a symbolic gesture, handed a copy of
the call signed by 160 international news media to restore media access to the
Gaza Strip.
    The gesture was intended to reinforce the pressure on the Israeli
government to lift the news blockade around the Gaza Strip, the target of an
unprecedented military offensive since 27 December. The news blockade violates
international humanitarian law and Israeli supreme court decisions.
    The situation is all the more absurd that access to Gaza strip at Rafah
from Egypt has been reopened since yesterday evening, Sunday 19th. Around 60
foreign journalists have already managed to enter Gaza since.
    Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard also
announced that Reporters Without Borders will visit the Gaza Strip as soon as
it is reopened to the press in order to investigate the conditions in which
journalists are working and to assess the impact of the news blockade on
coverage of Operation "Cast Lead."
    The text of the petition to the Israeli authorities, launched by
Reporters Without Borders on 9 January, and the first 156 signatures:

    Allow the news media into the Gaza Strip!
    Appeal by the world's media and Reporters Without Borders to the Israeli
    authorities

    We, the news media of the entire world, join the international press
freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders in urging the Israeli
authorities to allow our reporters back into the Gaza Strip.
    In view of the scale of the military operations and the repercussion they
are having throughout the world, we believe the Israeli government's decision
to exclude the press from the Gaza Strip is untenable and dangerous.
    It is incomprehensible that Israel is preventing the press from providing
independent coverage of events that concern us all.
    There is only one solution to this situation: while taking the necessary
security measures, the Israeli authorities must grant immediate access to the
Gaza Strip to the media personnel who have been sent to cover this conflict.
    You, international medias want to sign the appeal, please contact us at:
gaza@rsf.org
    The following medias have already signed the appeal:

    Afghanistan
    -----------
    Killid Group

    Algeria
    -------
    Echorouk
    El Khabar
    El Watan

    Argentina
    ---------
    Desde Neuquén

    Austria
    -------
    Austrian Journalists Club from Vienna
    ZDF

    Azerbaijan
    ----------
    Turan News Agency

    Bangladesh
    ----------
    Media Watch

    Belgium
    -------
    De Morgen
    De Standaard
    La Libre Belgique
    Le Soir
    RTBF TV et radio
    VRT

    Brazil
    ------
    Associaçao Brasileira de Journalismo Investigativo (Abraji)

    Canada
    ------
    CBC
    In These Times
    Le Devoir
    Now Magazine
    Public News Service
    Rabbles.ca
    Sources.com
    Wire Tap Magazine

    France
    ------
    ARTE
    LCI (rédaction)
    L'Express
    Le Figaro
    Le Nouvel Observateur
    L'Humanité
    Mediapart.fr
    RFI
    RMC
    RTL
    Rue 89.com

    Georgia
    -------
    Media.ge

    Germany
    -------
    AFPA press
    ARD
    Breakingnews4all.de
    Der Spiegel
    Die lokale Onlinezeitung zum Mitmachen
    Die Tageszeitung
    Die Welt
    Entwicklungspolitik Online
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    Frankfurter Rundschau
    Freie Medien
    GEO
    Menschen Machen Medien
    N24
    N-tv
    Nachrichtenmagazin Focus
    Panoriental TV
    Stern
    Suddeutsche Zeitung
    Under.Attack Information
    ZDF

    Greece
    ------
    Elefterotipia
    Ethnos
    Kathimerini
    Le Petit journal
    Nea
    Vima

    Guatemala
    ---------
    Guatemala Times

    Guinea Bissau
    -------------
    ANG
    Bombolom FM
    Diario de Bissau
    Gazeta de Noticias
    Kansaré
    NO Pintcha
    Radio Galaxia de Pindjiguiti
    Radio Jovem
    Radio Nossa
    Radio Sol Mansi
    RDN
    TGB
    Ultima Hora

    Hong Kong
    ---------
    Hong Kong Journalists Association

    Italy
    -----
    Carta
    Liberazione
    Radio 24
    Radio Radicale
    La Repubblica
    Secolo XIX
    L'Unita

    Mauritania
    ----------
    Le Calame

    Mexico
    ------
    Dia Siete
    El Diario de ciudad Juarez
    El Manana de Nuevo Laredo
    El Universal
    Zocalo

    Morocco
    -------
    Atlantic Radio
    Tel quel - Nichane

    Netherlands
    -----------
    Firat News Agency

    Nigeria
    -------
    Economic News Media Group

    Norway
    ------
    Bergens Tidende
    Scanpix Norway
    Stavanger Aftenblad

    Peru
    ----
    Asociacion de Periodistas de Lima Norte
    El Comercio

    The Philippines
    ---------------
    Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

    Qatar
    -----
    Al Jazeera

    Romania
    -------
    Adevarul Newspaper
    Cotidianul Daily
    Jurnalul National
    Realitatea TV

    Spain
    -----
    ABC
    Cadena SER
    Cubamatinal.com
    COM Radio
    CNN+
    Cuatro
    Diariocritico.com
    El Mundo
    El Pais
    El Periodico de Catalunya
    Independant docs TV
    Inter Press Service - Comunica
    La Aventura Humana
    La Sexta
    Nuevatribuna.es
    Periodistas-ES.org
    RNE (information services)
    TVE (information services)
    Vida Positiva TV & Radio

    Sweden
    ------
    Nerikes Allehanda
    Stockholm City
    Sundsvalls Tidning
    Svenska Dagbladet
    Sweden Aftonbladet
    Varldshorisont
    Vestmanlands Lans Tidning

    Switzerland
    -----------
    Le Courrier
    Le Quotidien Jurassien
    Le Temps

    Tunisia
    -------
    Kalima Radio

    Turkey
    ------
    Demokrat Radyo

    United Arab Emirates
    --------------------
    Al Arabyia

    United Kingdom
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    Article 19
    BBC Arabic
    Libre News Agency
    Sky News
    The Guardian
    Welsh Nation (Wales)
    Y Ddraig Goch (Wales)
    Y Papur Gwyrdd (Wales)

    United States of America
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    ABC News
    Cartoonists Rights Network International
    CBS News
    CNN
    Minnesota Independent
    New York Times
    NPR
    PeriodismoCiudadano.com

    Uzbekistan
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    Ferghana.ru
    Uzmetronom.com
    Uznews.net




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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