IFJ Demands Inquiry as One Journalist Is Confirmed Dead in Gaza Ships Attack

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), with the backing of its

affiliate in Israel,

today called for a special inquiry into the killing of a journalist and

injuries to others during the Israeli assault on a flotilla of ships carrying

humanitarian aid which took place on June 1.

"We

now know that one journalist died and at least one other is seriously injured in

horrifying circumstances that remain unexplained," said Aidan

White, IFJ General Secretary. "We are also gathering

information about the treatment of journalists and the confiscation of their

material, all of which raises new concerns about the violations of their

rights."

The

IFJ says that a specific inquiry into the treatment of journalists is required

because around 100 of the people detained by the Israeli authorities were

thought to be journalists from across the globe including Australia, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, the UK, Italy, Iran, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia,

Malaysia ,Pakistan and UAE.

The

media victims are Turkish journalist Cevdet K?l?çlar, killed by a shot in the

head, and Indonesian cameraman Sura

Fachrizaz who was shot in the chest and seriously injured. Fachrizaz is in a hospital in Haifa and his injuries are not considered life threatening.


The

IFJ is in touch with reporters involved as well as a number of unions

representing media staff and is compiling information on material that has been

confiscated by the Israeli authorities.

Marcello

Faraggi, a journalist who was on board the Mediterranean

Sea, a cargo ship which was part of the aid convoy and was later

detained in the Israeli prison of Bersheva, told the IFJ that journalists were

subjected to body search and stripped of their equipment during their

detention.

 

A special information collection point   has been established to prepare a dossier

on the incident which will form the basis of journalists' claims for

compensation in the aftermath.

The

IFJ affiliate in Israel,

the National Federation of Israel Journalists (NFIJ), which has been assisting

journalists and gathering information, should also be involved in any inquiry

into the treatment of journalists, says the IFJ.

The NFIJ section in Jerusalem, the Journalists Association in Jerusalem, has

specifically urged the Israeli government to give back immediately all the

equipment that was confiscated from the journalists on the boats. "Journalists

on duty should be left out of any confrontation and should have the full

freedom to cover the events in a professional way," they said in a

statement.

Further concerns have

been raised about the broadcasting by Israeli authorities of material

confiscated from journalists which is being used to project their version of

events.

"This is shocking

disregard for the rights of journalists," said White. The confiscation and then

unauthorized use of journalists' footage shows the contempt that the Israeli

authorities have for journalism."

For more information contact the IFJ

at     +32 2 235 22 07

For information on individual cases,

please contact the National Federation of Israeli Journalists-NFIJ (Danny

Zaken)  at +972-52-2631530 (cell) or  rolada@bezeqint.net)



The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists

in 125 countries worldwide