Saturday 5 June 2010

IFJ: 'Journalist killed in Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla'

The International Federation of Journalists says one journalist was killed and another seriously wounded in the raid by Israeli commandos on the Gaza aid flotilla on Monday.
The IFJ named the victims as Turkish journalist Cevdet Kılıçlar, killed by a shot in the head, and Indonesian cameraman Sura Fachrizaz who was shot in the chest and seriously injured. Fachrizaz is in a hospital in Haifa and his injuries are not considered life threatening.
"We now know that one journalist died and at least one other is seriously injured in horrifying circumstances that remain unexplained," said Aidan White, IFJ general secretary. "We are also gathering information about the treatment of journalists and the confiscation of their material, all of which raises new concerns about the violations of their rights."
The IFJ says that a specific inquiry into the treatment of journalists is required because around 100 of the people detained by the Israeli authorities were thought to be journalists from across the globe including Australia, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, the UK, Italy, Iran, Germany, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia ,Pakistan and UAE.

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