During Gaza War, Israel Repeatedly Targeted TV, Newspaper Offices
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a major international watchdog group aimed at preventing censorship and intimidation of the media, has called on the United Nations to launch a formal investigation into the deliberate targeting of journalists during this month’s Gaza War.
During the week-long war, Israel launched several direct attacks on media outlets in the strip, attacking al-Quds TV and later attacking cameramen inside of a car marked “TV” who were working for al-Aqsa TV. Some of the first strikes in the war also targeted the offices of al-Risala Newspaper and the al-Rantisi printer company, which operates the printing press for the al-Risala paper.
And while domestic media were primarily targeted, Israel’s attacks on the press also included multiple attacks on Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) Gaza bureau, claim the bureau was being used as a “Hamas operations center.”
And despite the excuse used in the AFP attacks, Israeli officials were unrepentant about many of the attacks. claiming that the journalists aren’t “credible journalists” because the local outlets need to be licensed by Hamas.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Blowback: Attack on Canadian Parliament Leaves Ottawa Stunned - October 22nd, 2014
- More Troops, More Arms: Iraq Pushes US to Expand ISIS War - October 22nd, 2014
- Report: 25 ISIS Killed in US Airstrikes in Central Iraq - October 22nd, 2014
- Livni, Lapid Combine Blocs to Push Israel Back Into Peace Talks - October 22nd, 2014
- Libyan Parliament Pairs Up With Gen. Hifter: Attack Planned on Tripoli - October 22nd, 2014