Seven Southeast Asian Organizations Urge Transparent Investigation for the Murder of Al Jazeera Journalist

20 May 2022 15:29 pm | Oleh : Putri Tirtasari

We urge the Israeli authorities to allow the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into the murder of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and engage the Special  Rapporteur  on  the  Situation  of  Human  Rights  in the Palestinian Territories. An investigation should also be carried out into the violence committed by Israeli security officers during Shireen's funeral.

Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head while on an assignment to cover Israeli operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin  on May 11. This incident  worsened  security conditions  for  journalists  in  Palestine  and  set  a  global  precedent.  The  independent investigation by the UN is expected  to ensure  the killer  is revealed  and imposed  with the maximum punishment.

The killing of Shireen in the midst of a military operation is a violation of human rights and  international  law.  This  has  an  impact  on the  public's  right  to  obtain  credible information, especially regarding the Israeli attacks in the West Bank which resulted in the killing of dozens of Palestinians.

More than 40 Palestinian journalists have reportedly  been killed  since  2000,  with hundreds injured or being the targets of violence.

The investigation into the murder of Shireen is an attempt to stop impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against journalists. So far, impunity has led to violence targeting journalists in various countries, placing press workers in dangerous situations.

UNESCO noted that 55 journalists and media professionals were killed during 2021, with
87  percent  of  the  murder  cases  of  journalists  remaining  unsolved  since  2006.  Every country must ensure the protection of journalists who work to fulfill the public's right to information, promote peace, and promote human rights.

Signed by:

Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) I Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) I The Movement of Independent Media / Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) I Freedom Film Network (FFN) I National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) I Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association (CamboJA) I Association of Journalists of Timor Leste (AJTL)