Monday, 31 May 2010
RWB condemns Gaza flotilla media censorship
Press freedom campaign group Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned the censorship attempts that accompanied the assault by Israel on a flotilla that was carrying aid the Gaza Strip.
“We deplore this assault, which left a heavy toll of dead and wounded,” RWB said. “The journalists who were on the flotilla to cover the humanitarian operation were put in harm’s way by this disproportionate reaction. We urge the Israeli authorities to release the detained journalists and allow them unrestricted access to the Gaza Strip. The international community needs accurate information about this Palestinian Territory.”
According to RWB, two Bulgarian journalists working for the Bulgarian television station BTV were arrested during the assault. Bulgarian news media identified them as reporter Svetoslav Ivanov and cameraman Valentin Vassilev.
RWB also says the Israeli authorities have forbidden all the journalists to enter the Gaza Strip.