Palestine: Massive wave of solidarity among IFJ affiliates with Palestinian journalists

Following recent attacks on media in Palestine, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) affiliates across the world have expressed solidarity with Palestinian journalists and pushed their national governments to take action.


The SNJT in Tunisia co-organized a demonstration on May 18 in front of the Tunisian parliament along with the Tunisian Trade Union Federation and has published numerous solidarity statements. On the same day, the JPA in Jordan organized a solidarity meeting among unions in the region to discuss joint campaigns.

For its part, the PFUJ in Pakistan called for a country-wide protest against the Israeli crimes against the media in Gaza.

Statements and actions of solidarity with journalists reporting from Gaza and with Palestinian journalists working in the West Bank came from several Arab IFJ affiliates, including the KJA in Kuwait, YJS in Yemen, the LJS in Lebanon, the IJS in Iraqthe SNPM in Morocco, the SJM and AJM in Mauritania as well as the EJS in Egypt.

In Europe, the NUJ in the UK promoted the IFJ’s call on the UN’s Security Council to urge Israeli to stop targeting media facilities in Gaza and Palestinian journalists in the West Bank, while 17 MPs tabled a motion in the UK parliament in support of our position.

Similar actions were taken in Belgium and France. The AJP/VVJ met the Belgian government to urge them to take action while the SNJ mobilized to call on the French government and its delegation to the United Nations to respond to the attacks on media in Gaza.

Many other European unions joined the IFJ call and raised their voice against the Israeli crimes against media freedom: the JUADN in GreeceFAPE, CCOO and FeSP in Spain, the NJ in Norway and the FNSI in Italy, the BHJA in Bosnia, and the UBJ in Bulgaria.

Spanish union ELA also called for a demonstration in solidarity with Palestine, Colombia, Western Sahara and Kurdistan on Sunday May 23 in the city of San Sebastian (Basque country).

Regional federations of journalists' unions such as the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the South East Asia Journalists Unions (SEAJU) and the Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el Caribe (FEPALC), which represent dozens of journalists’ unions have also spoken up in defense of Palestinian journalists’ rights. The MEAA in Australia also joined the IFJ condemnation of the Israeli attacks against media facilities while the Media Organisations Collective, which includes the IFJ’s three Sri Lanka affiliates, FMETU, FMM and SLWJA, published a joint statement of solidarity with Palestinian journalists.

Journalists’ unions across the Atlantic showed solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts and joined the IFJ call for justice and reparation for them, including the CWA in Canada and FENAJ in Brazil, among others.

IFJ actions

  • On 10 May 2021, the IFJ condemned Israeli violence towards Palestinian civilians and media workers
  • On 14 May,the IFJ denounced Israel's targeted attacks against media offices in Gaza and sent a letter to the UN Secretary General 
  • On 15 May the IFJ  wrote to Israel Prime minister Netanyahu demanding Israel stop targeting the media.
  • On 16 May we called on the UN Security Council to take urgent action to stop the deliberate and systematic targeting of journalists in Gaza.  Download the letter here.
  • We also condemned an attack on journalists working for Israel's public broadcaster Kan News who were beaten by Jewish extremists in Tel Aviv on 13 May
  • Since the beginning of the events in Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities have arrested at least 27 media workers and100 journalists have been injured in what our affiliate PJS denounced as a clear attempt to silence media reporting on the ground.
  • IFJ officers have done dozens of TV and media interviews highlighting the assault on journalists and journalism.

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