Israel - IFEX Member Campaigns
For Palestinian journalists, the day highlights the daily challenges they face, with increasing violations against media freedoms by the Israeli forces and Palestinian parties in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Uri Blau faces charges under the country’s Espionage Act and seven years in prison over articles he wrote for the newspaper Haaretz using classified military documents passed to him by an Israeli conscript in 2009.
In a joint open letter, the forum stated that journalists must be kept safe so that the public in Israel and the Palestinian Territories have access to news from all sides, and to a wide array of political opinion.
Campaigns launched by MADA call for a halt to Israeli attacks on press freedom, as well as an end to the influence Palestinian internal political divisions have on the media.
Journalists who were aboard the humanitarian flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos recounted their experiences.
Muna Shester of the Kuwait News Agency spoke to RSF about the raid.
Israeli authorities should stop silencing defenders of the rights of Arab Israelis, the organisations stressed.
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