Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies expresses solidarity with Palestinian journalists

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Feb 2024

The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) condemned all forms of violence against journalists in conflict zones, expressing particular support and solidarity with Palestinian journalists who are disproportionately impacted, the AMAN secretary-general stated in a letter to its members.

Protesters display the names and photographs of journalists who have been killed in Gaza war
Protesters display the names and photographs of journalists who have been killed in Gaza since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, near Place de la Republique in Paris. AFP


In his letter to the Directors General of AMAN member agencies, including the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), George Penintaex noted that 26 February is the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Journalists, as called for by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.

“This is to draw attention to the atrocities committed by the Israeli occupation against our fellow journalists, as part of the systematic campaign of extermination waged by the occupation against our people,” according to the General Supervisor of Palestinian Official Media Ahmad Assaf.

The secretary-general noted in his letter that AMAN "has repeatedly expressed its condemnation against the killing of Palestinian (and of other nationalities) journalists and media people during the Israeli attack on Gaza."

"More journalists were killed in the first three months of the Israeli war on Gaza than have ever been killed in a single country over an entire year," the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) reported in December.

At the time, the death toll for journalists stood at 72. 

By mid-February, that number had risen to more than 126, according to the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).

CPJ has previously attacked what it calls "persecution" of journalists by Israeli forces, and is investigating whether a dozen journalists killed in the Gaza war were deliberately targeted by Israeli soldiers, which would constitute a war crime.

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