Palestine: Journalist kicked by police officer

Eyad Moghrabi, a journalist and prominent member of IFJ affiliate the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), was kicked by a police officer while covering a protest on 2nd August. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the attack as "an act of violence and intimidation" against media workers.

Credit: PJS

Eyad Moghrabi was filming a demonstration by Palestinians in Wadi Al Hummus in the West Bank when he was hit on the shin, although he was clearly identified as a journalist by the PRESS sign on the front and back of his jacket, according to reports.

His leg was bandaged at the hospital.

Eyad Moghrabi had earlier been detained for one hour before the protest while the border police verified his credentials. He was reportedly kicked by the police officer who had detained him earlier.

The IFJ has repeatedly denounced the violence by Israeli authorities against Palestinian journalists. At the Tunis Congress in June 2019, IFJ delegates adopted an urgent motion condemning continuous violations of press freedom in the occupied Palestinian territories.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: “We fully support our colleague Eyad Moghrabi. We reiterate our call on the Israeli authorities to stop targeting Palestinian journalists.

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