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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are calling for an immediate investigation into the death of Nazeh Darwazi, a Palestinian cameraman shot and killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Nablus on 19 April.

A freelancer for APTN (Associated Press Television Network) and Palestinian state television, Darwazi was filming clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths in Nablus when he was shot in the head. He died instantly.

Footage by a Reuters cameraman present at the scene showed an Israeli soldier firing at Darwazi from 10-20 meters away, CPJ notes. Despite eyewitness accounts and video footage, the Israel Defence Forces said it was unclear who fired the shot that killed Darwazeh, CPJ adds.

Since Darwazi was wearing brightly coloured clothing clearly marked "press," his killing makes it impossible to ignore evidence of soldiers deliberately targeting journalists, says IFJ.

Darwazi is the fourth journalist killed in the West Bank since the second Palestinian uprising began in September 2000, say RSF and CPJ. In September 2002, "Voice of Palestine" journalist Issam Hamza Tillawi was shot and killed by Israeli troops while filming Palestinian demonstrations in Ramallah.

Two months earlier, freelance photographer Imad Abu Zahra died from wounds sustained in a shooting by Israeli armoured cars in Jenin, while in March, Italian photographer Raffaele Ciriello was killed while covering violent clashes in Ramallah, says RSF. An Israeli investigation into Ciriello's death cleared the army of any responsibility even though he died from Israeli fire, IFJ notes.

Visit these links:

- CPJ: www.cpj.org">http://www.cpj.org/protests/03ltrs/Israel22apr03pl.html">www.cpj.org

- IFJ: www.ifj.org">http://www.ifj.org/publications/press/pr/030421palestine.html">www.ifj.org

- RSF: www.rsf.org">http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=6280">www.rsf.org

- International Press Institute Report on Israel: www.freemedia.at">http://www.freemedia.at/wpfr/Mena/israel.htm">www.freemedia.at

- PBS Frontline/World on Reporters Who Face Dangers Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: www.pbs.org/frontlineworld


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