Media watchdog files complaint with UN court over reporters dying

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The media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), announced on Monday that it wants to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice about Palestinian journalists who have been killed or injured in Gaza.

As part of its complaint, RSF will also ask the court to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the Israeli military against at least nine Palestinian reporters since December 15.

The court said in January it was investigating possible crimes against reporters since the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. So far, the war has already claimed the lives of more than 100 reporters.

According to RSF, it has “reasonable grounds to think that some of these reporters were deliberately killed and that others were even the victims of deliberate attacks by the Israeli army on civilians”.

This is the third complaint that RSF wants to file with the international court. This latest charge relates to eight Palestinian reporters who died between 20 December and 20 May. Another journalist was seriously injured at the time.

“All the reporters involved were killed – or injured – in the performance of their work,” RSF said in a statement.

Antoine Bernard, director at RSF concerned with human rights and assistance, said: “Those who kill journalists are also attacking the public’s right to information – which is even more essential in times of conflict.”

Last week, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan asked the court to issue warrants for the arrest of top Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. .

Israel denies the allegations made against it. Yoav Gallant, Israel’s minister of defense, also said that drawing a parallel comparison between Hamas and Israeli leaders is “despicable”.

Deadly time for journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization based in New York in the US, said at least 107 journalists and media workers have died since the outbreak of the Gaza war.

This organization labels it as the “deadliest period for journalists since the organization’s inception in 1992”.

RSF’s complaint includes an incident when two Palestinian journalists, who worked for Al Jazeera, died in January this year.

Hamza Wael Dahdouh and Mustafa Thuria, who among other things worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP), died while en route to carry out their duties, this network reported.