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Journalist assaulted while covering protest

(ANHRI/IFEX) - Cairo, 18 March 2012 - ANHRI condemns the ongoing crackdown by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian journalists through arbitrary arrest or physical targeting while performing their job.

Israeli occupation forces attacked the photojournalist Musa Al Shaer, member of the Administration Board of the Journalists Syndicate and the President of the Youth Press Movement and reporter for several media and press organizations.

Al Shaer was physically attacked and his camera and equipment were broken while covering the weekly march organized by the People's Campaign against the Wall and settlement in Al Ma'sara village, to the west of Bethlehem.

“Israeli occupation forces deliberately attack journalists to prevent them from covering events,” said Al Shaer speaking to a reporter from Al Zaytuna news agency. “Palestinian journalists are a target of the occupation soldiers,” he added. He called on all parties to protect journalists and save them from such attacks.

“The ongoing attacks on journalists are part of an organized intimidation campaign by the Israeli occupation forces against journalists aimed at hiding violations committed against Palestinian people,” said ANHRI.

ANHRI added that the freedoms of opinion and expression in Palestine are continuously suppressed by the occupation authorities. ANHRI therefore calls on international authorities to pressure them to stop this campaign, which impairs the right of journalists to freely do their job.

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