Reporters Without Borders today reiterated its urgent appeal to the Israeli authorities to release the journalists who were accompanying the Gaza-bound aid flotilla that was intercepted on Monday.
RWB estimates that at least 60 journalists were aboard. “We point out that the journalists were there to do their job, which was to cover what happened,” RWB said. “They should not be confused with the activists. Three hundred of the flotilla’s passengers are about to be deported but journalists are still being held. We call on the Israeli authorities to free all the detained journalists and return their equipment, which was seized by the military.”
- The NUJ today joined with the International Federation of Journalists in calling for an independent inquiry into the Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. The union added: "We are particularly concerned that one of our members, Hassan Ghani, who was reporting from the flotilla for the Iranian-based station, Press TV, has been unable to contact his family, friends or colleagues since the attack. We understand that Hassan, who is 25 years old and originally from Glasgow, may be among the activists being deported from Israel to Turkey this evening."