BRUSSELS, May 27 (KUNA) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Friday announced that it have been asked by the family of Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Aqleh, and by journalist Ali Samoudi, to submit a new complaint to the International Criminal Court about the circumstances surrounding Shireen's death and Ali's shooting on 11 May.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, in a statement said: "The targeting of journalists and media organizations in Palestine violates the right to life and freedom of expression. " "The brutal killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and all crimes against Palestinian journalists must be fully investigated. The time for justice is now. We are proud to work with PJS, ICJP, to seek to ensure those responsible for crimes against journalists are held accountable," he said.
A long-time TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic, Shireen was killed while covering Israeli army raids in the city of Jenin. Ali, who was present when Shireen was killed, was also shot in the shoulder.
Ali is able to provide crucial witness testimony about his own shooting and the death of Shireen. There are strong grounds to believe that Shireen was killed, and Ali was shot, by Israeli armed forces, said the IFJ in a press release today.
Other rights group like the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and International Center of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) were asked to complaint too. (end) nk.aa