MONTREAL, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders deplores the
repeated use of violence against journalists covering peaceful demonstrations
in the West Bank in protest against the construction of the Security Wall. The
Israeli armed forces have been directly responsible for these incidents. The
press freedom organisation wrote to defence minister Ehud Barak about this
issue on 14 April.
"Many journalists have been injured in recent weeks although they were
clearly identified as working for the press," Reporters Without Borders said
"Seven journalists have been injured in this manner since the start of
the year by shots fired by Israeli soldiers. We again condemn these acts of
violence and we urge the Israeli authorities to guarantee the safety of
journalists operating in the region."
Atta 'Awad, a photographer employed by the Ramattan news agency, was
injured by tear gas grenades fired by Israeli soldiers during the weekly
protest against the Security Wall in Bil'in on 10 April. He was taken to a
hospital for treatment to injuries to the shoulder and back.
Journalist Mohamed Es-Said was injured while covering clashes between
settlers and Palestinian residents in Safa, near Hebron, on 7 April. He was
hit when Israeli soldiers fired tear gas grenades.
Reuters photographer Said el Houwari and Rabhi el Koubri, a photographer
employed by the Palestinian news network Pal-media.net, were injured by
bullets while they and other journalists were covering the weekly protest
against the Security Wall in Bil'in on 3 April.
Khalil Riyash, a photographer employed by the Palestinian news agency
Ma'an, and Reuters photographer Bachar Nazal were injured by rubber bullets
while covering a protest against the Security Wall on 27 March in Jayyus (in
Qalqilya district). They were hospitalised for a week.
Reporters Without Borders previously issued a release condemning the 23
January incident in which Spanish journalist Cristina Rivas sustained a
serious leg injury in similar circumstances in Bil'in.
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