INSI backs calls for probe into targeting of media -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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INSI backs calls for probe into targeting of media

PESHAWAR: The International News Safety Institute (INSI) on Wednesday backed calls by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for the United Nations to investigate the targeting of journalists by Israeli forces in Gaza.

“Israeli military actions in Gaza appear to amount to a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1738 which demands all parties in armed conflict comply with their obligations under international law to protect civilians, including journalists,” an INSI statement said. The resolution condemns intentional attacks on journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in situations of armed conflict, and calls upon all parties to put an end to such practices. It points out that media equipment and installations constitute civilian objects, “and in this respect shall not be the object of attack or of reprisals”. An IFJ statement said a letter had been sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saying Israel was ‘defying its obligations’ under Resolution 1738. The IFJ and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), both members of the INSI, have accused the Israeli military of targeting Palestinian news media in Gaza while maintaining a ban on foreign journalists from entering the territory.

Source: Daily Times

Date:1/15/2009