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RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes

first_img IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolence to go further IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Armed conflictsViolence May 16, 2021 RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Targeted Israeli airforce attacks have destroyed the premises of 23 Palestinian and international media outlets in the past week. The latest airstrikes destroyed the bureaux of the US news agency, the Associated Press, and the Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera. According to the Israeli military, these attacks were justified because the “military intelligence” wing of Hamas, the Gaza Strip’s ruling Islamist movement, had equipment in these building.“Deliberately targeting media outlets constitutes a war crime,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “By intentionally destroying media outlets, the Israel Defence Forces are not only inflicting unacceptable material damage on news operations. They are also, more broadly, obstructing media coverage of a conflict that directly affects the civilian population. We call on the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to determine whether these airstrikes constitute war crimes.”The first Israeli attack on media outlets occurred four days ago, after Hamas fired a series of rockets into Israel. In the early hours of 12 May, Israeli airstrikes destroyed the Al-Jawhara Tower, a 10-storey building in Gaza City that housed 14 media outlets including the Palestine Daily News newspaper and the pan-Arab TV channel Al-Araby.The next day, an Israeli airstrike destroyed Gaza City’s Al-Shorouk Tower, a 14-storey building that housed seven media outlets including the Al-Aqsa radio and TV broadcaster. The IDF said they were “striking Hamas weapons stores hidden inside civilian buildings in Gaza.”Israel is ranked 86th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img On May 15 in Gaza,the bureaux of the US news agency, the Associated Press, and the Qatari TV broadcaster Al Jazeera were destroyed by targeted Israeli airstrikes. MAHMUD HAMS / AFP Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to include Israeli air strikes on more than 20 media outlets in the Gaza Strip in her investigation into the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. June 9, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders shocked by 11-year prison sentence on journalist

first_img News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran   Reporters Without Borders expressed shock today at the jailing for 11 years of 71-year-old Iranian journalist Siamak Pourzand (see photo) and said it was very concerned about his plight since it was not known where he was being held.”The Iranian authorities are once more showing their very great contempt for human rights,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “This complete lack of information about such an elderly journalist, who is also very ill, is unacceptable. The authorities must say where he is being held.”Iran has the dubious title of being the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East, with 11 imprisoned. In the past month, four jail sentences have been imposed on journalists. RSF, which has called for their immediate release, has put Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Guide of the Islamic Revolution and the country’s supreme spiritual leader, on its worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Judge Jafar Sabri, of Court 1610, told the daily newspaper Iran in an interview published on 15 May that Pourzand had been jailed for 11 years, not eight, as had previously been reported. Pourzand was convicted on 3 May of having “undermined state security through having links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries.”” His court-appointed lawyer filed an appeal. The head of the Iranian prison system, Morteza Bakhtiari, said the journalist was not being held in any of the country’s prisons.Iranian officials have made no comment in the wake of the many protests by international human rights organisations and very few reformist newspapers have mentioned Pourzand’s plight.His family has had no news since his sister visited him at the Amaken detention centre, near Teheran, in early March, when he seemed very ill. His sister was recently refused permission to visit by the authorities, who said he was too ill.Pourzand was seized by security police on 29 November last year and held in a secret place for four months without access to a lawyer or a doctor. The authorities said nothing about his disappearance. He was head of Teheran’s artistic and cultural centre and also a cultural commentator for several reformist newspapers that have since been shut down. Receive email alerts RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed shock at the jailing for 11 years of 71-year-old Iranian journalist Siamak Pourzand (see photo) and said it was very concerned about his plight since it was not known where he was being held. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News May 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders shocked by 11-year prison sentence on journalist News IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more