Gaza Post – Israeli occupation forces systematically on Wednesday targeted journalists in order to prevent coverage of its human rights violations according to lawyers in a complaint filed with the International Criminal Court.
The lawyers represented four Palestinian journalists, Ahmed Abu Hussein, Yaser Murtaja, Muath Armaneh, and Nedal Eshtayeh, who were killed or injured while covering demonstrations in Gaza by Israeli snipers.
Three of the journalists were killed during protests in 2018 and 2019, while Eshtayeh was killed in May 2015.
They were wearing vests marked PRESS when they were shot, and are among 46 Palestinian journalists killed in Israel since 2000 without any accountability, their legal team reported.
“The occupation systematically targets, attacks, maims, and kills journalists to prevent accountability for its human rights violations,” stated Tayab Ali, a partner at London-based Bindmans, one of the law firms involved. “This cannot be allowed to continue.”
Ali added the complaint was submitted “with the aim of finally ending Israel’s impunity and allowing the free press to properly and safely hold the Israeli authorities to account”.
It alleges that, along with systematically targeting journalists working in Palestine, the occupation has failed to investigate their murders.
It also added the bombing of several towers that housed media offices, including those of Alam News, Al Hayat Newspapers, Mayadeen Media, and Al Bawaba 24, in Gaza City this May.
Bindmans, along with barristers from Doughty Street Chambers, filed the complaint on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians have been closely involved.
Anthony Bellanger, the IFJ’s general secretary, stated in a statement on Wednesday: “The targeting of journalists and media organizations in Palestine violates the right to life and freedom of expression. These crimes must be fully investigated. This systematic targeting must stop. The journalists and their families deserve justice”
(Source / 05.11.2021)