Ramallah, ALRAY – On the World Press Freedom Day, Israeli occupation forces suppressed a demo of Palestinian journalists in front of Bethel military checkpoint, north of Ramallah.
Dozens of journalists gathered on Saturday evening at the checkpoint to call for their freedom of movement.
According to Wafa Agency Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades and tear gas towards the journalists who shouted slogans demanding the freedom of movement for all the Palestinian journalists and local media in addition to the necessity to protect them from the Israeli occupation’s violations.
Chairman of Journalist Syndicate Abdel Nasser Najjar said our message on the World Press Freedom Day is that, “ we want our freedom guaranteed and protected, and an immediate stop of the series of the Israeli occupation’s dangerous attacks against the Palestinian journalists and all the journalists working in Palestine.”
“Media plays an important role in exposing the Israeli repressive measures and crimes and in defending human rights; and today we came to demand our rights”, he added.
Al-Najjar pointed out, “ over the last five years, hundreds of journalists and media workers in the occupied Palestine were wounded whether due to the occupation’s bullets, physical abuse or due to inhalation of poisonous gas.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said ‘Israel’ committed 135 violations against the Journalists across the occupied Palestinian territories during a quarter and one years.
The center in a report issued on the ''World Press Freedom Day'' said a significant increase in press violations by the occupation military apparatuses has marked the period between January 1, 2013 and 31 March, 2014.
All of the attacks committed were premeditated and by use of excessive force, without taking into account the principles of distinction and proportionality, or being justified by a military necessity.