The 2019 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), held 11-14 June in Tunis, passed two motions condemning Israel’s attacks on Palestinian journalists in Palestine.
News report from IFJ, 13 June 2019
IFJ World Congress meeting in Tunis from 11-14 June 2019 adopted a motion proposed by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) to condemn the continuous violations of press freedom in the Palestinian occupied territories.
In recent years the IFJ has frequently denounced violence against Palestinian journalists, including killings by the Israeli security forces of Yasir Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussain in 2018.
In November 2018 IFJ Executive Committee members stood at the Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah in support of Palestinian journalists and for the recognition of the IFJ press card in Israel. They were brutally attacked by Israeli soldiers.
The PJS’s Freedoms Committee documented 838 violations against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2018.
The IFJ Congress joined the PJS “in calling on the Israeli authorities to stop these attacks against journalists and recognise IFJ press card as a bona fide accreditation of journalists.”
The IFJ Congress also called on IFJ Secretariat to “continue to support the PJS campaign to defend its members, in particular by taking their case to international institutions”, to “help seek legal remedies to these attacks” and to “lodge jointly with the PJS a formal complaint at the ILO against the Israel Defence Force”.
Another motion was passed condemning Israel violations of press freedom, proposed by the Syndicat National des Journalistes (France) and FSC CC-OO (Spain).
Motion #4: Stop Attacks against Journalists in Palestine – proposed by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS)
Motion #5: Freedom of press must be allowed in the Palestinian Territories – proposed by the Syndicat national des journalistes (France) and by FSC CC-OO (Spain)