BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A number of Palestinian journalists were injured on Saturday when Israeli forces suppressed a peaceful march organised by journalists to mark World Press Freedom Day.
Israeli forces fired tear-gas canisters and stun grenades into the crowd of journalists marching in Bethlehem.Among the injured were the head of the Union of Palestinian Journalists Abd al-Nasser al-Najjar, member of the union’s general committee Muhammad al-Laham, and Reuters photographer Muhammad Abu Ghaniyyeh.
Al-Najjar said that the march was carried out to express “our refusal to systematic Israeli suppression policies against journalists even as they express their right of coverage and freedom of expression.”The march headed to the northern entrance of Bethlehem city and faced Israeli soldiers at the “300” checkpoint.Protesters held signs condemning Israeli attacks and violations against journalists in the field.
As of April, 20 Palestinian journalists were being held in Israeli prisons, including six detained in…
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