The Foreign Press Association is appalled and deeply shocked by the killing of veteran Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. Her death is a tremendous loss for journalism, and the FPA offers its deepest condolences to Al Jazeera and her family.
Shireen was wearing a flak jacket tagged “press” and was part of a clearly identified group of journalists when she was shot in the head.
The FPA is waiting for more details on the exact circumstances of Shireen’s death. We welcome the Israeli military’s promise for an investigation. Given the Israeli security forces’ poor record of investigating violence against journalists, we urge a speedy investigation and call for full transparency in the probe. We also call on the army to release any video its forces collected during the incident.
Killing a journalist is unacceptable in any way. The FPA urges all sides to commit to protecting journalists in the field and hopes that those responsible for this horrible death will be held accountable.