Palestinian Territories - More than 100 media sign the Reporters Without Borders petition for international journalists to be allowed into the Gaza Strip



    MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - With 100 news media signatures now on
the petition it launched on 9 January, Reporters Without Borders reiterates
its appeal for support by the international media and again urges the Israeli
authorities to lift the ban on foreign media access to the Gaza Strip that has
been in force since November. Allowing journalists into the Gaza Strip would
be the best way to ensure independent coverage of the events unfolding there.
    The only news coverage of the situation in Gaza comes from the 295
Palestinians who are working for a range of news organisations in extremely
difficult and dangerous circumstances. Reporters Without Borders express its
solidarity with all these media employees and deplores the deaths of four
journalists since 27 December, three of them in the course of their work. The
four journalists are Basel Faraj, Ihab el-Wahidi, Omar Silawi and Alaa
Mortaji. Reporters Without Borders offers its sincere condolences to their
families.
    Since the Israeli supreme court ruling on 31 December that foreign
journalists should be allowed into the Gaza Strip in groups of 12, the Israel
Defence Forces have permitted a very small number to enter. Reuters and the
BBC were allowed to cover the activities of some Israeli soldiers for a few
hours. The other journalists have been condemned to wait in Sderot or the
hills that overlook Gaza.
    "Dignity," a vessel chartered by the Free Gaza organisation carrying
medical personnel and journalists, was driven back twice by the Israeli navy
when it tried to approach the shore of the Gaza trip. The campaign must
continue against the blockade imposed on the international media by Israel.

    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
    Associação Brasileira de Journalismo Investigativo (Abraji)

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

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

    Germany
    ARD
    Der Spiegel
    Die lokale Onlinezeitung zum Mitmachen
    Die Tageszeitung
    Die Welt
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    Frankfurter Rundschau
    Freie Medien
    GEO
    N24
    N-tv
    Nachrichtenmagazin Focus
    Stern
    Suddeutsche Zeitung
    Under.Attack Information
    ZDF

    Greece
    Elefterotipia
    Ethnos
    Kathimerini
    Le Petit journal
    Nea
    Vima

    Guatemala
    Guatemala Times

    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Journalists Association

    Italy
    Radio 24
    Radio Radicale
    La Repubblica
    Secolo XIX
    L'Unita

    Mauritania
    Le Calame

    Mexico
    El Diario de ciudad Juarez
    Zócalo

    Morocco
    Atlantic Radio

    Peru
    Asociación 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 Ràdio
    CNN+
    Cuatro
    Diariocritico.com
    El Mundo
    El Pais
    El Periódico de Catalunya
    Independant docs TV
    La Aventura Humana
    La Sexta
    Nuevatribuna.es
    Periodistas-ES.org
    RNE (information services)
    TVE (information services)

    Switzerland
    Le Courrier
    Le Quotidien Jurassien
    Le Temps

    Tunisia
    Kalima Radio

    United Arab Emirates
    Al Arabyia

    United Kingdom
    Article 19
    BBC Arabic
    Sky News The Guardian

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

    Uzbekistan
    Ferghana.ru
    Uzmetronom.com
    Uznews.net

    News media that are interested in signing the appeal are asked to contact
Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director, Reporters Without Borders Canada,
(514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org




For further information:

For further information: News media that are interested in signing the
appeal are asked to contact: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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