IFJ Plans Investigation into Violations of Press Rights after New Assault on Media in Gaza

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today announced that it plans

to organise a wide ranging investigation into Israeli actions against media during

the current conflict in Gaza

after another building housing media organisations was struck this morning by

Israeli missiles.

"We

are witnessing in Gaza

unprecedented and deliberate attacks on media which put journalists and others

in harm's way," said Aidan White,

IFJ General Secretary. "There have been a string of such actions, and a

concerted effort to ban, control and manage media, all of which demands full

investigation."

The

IFJ says it will support a wide ranging investigation particularly into the use

of military force against media, which is a serious violation of international

law and counter to Security Council resolution 1738 which provides protection

of journalists and media personnel in conflict zones."

According

to numerous press reports, the Ash- Ash-Shuruq

Tower, a building housing several news

organisations, including Reuters, NBC, Fox News, Sky News, Al-Arabiya and Abu Dhabi TV channels in downtown Gaza City

was hit by an Israeli missile today.

Two journalists, Muhammad As-Susi and Ayman Ar-Rezi working for Abu Dhabi were injured in

the attack

The

IFJ has since the outbreak of the current conflict repeatedly denounced attacks

on media by Israel in Gaza which have claimed five lives of journalists and

protested its ban on foreign journalists to enter Gaza.

"This

latest attack against the press is irrefutable proof that Israel pursues a clear strategy of

intimidating the world media, including by wilfully killing and injuring journalists,

into desisting from reporting independently on the conflict," added White.

"This is a dangerous departure form universally accepted rules for prosecuting

war which must be denounced and resisted."

The

IFJ calls on all media organisations with presence in Gaza or information on attacks against the

media in the area to contribute to the investigation by sharing information in

their possession with IFJ.

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide