New ICC complaint submission over killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

  • 27 May 2022

The National Union of Journalists has echoed its support for a new case submission to the International Criminal Court following the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and shooting of producer Ali Samoudi.

Announced at a press conference attended by the NUJ on 27 May, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) and International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP), will proceed in their request for an investigation into circumstances surrounding their attack. 

The NUJ has condemned the murder of Abu Akleh by Israeli forces, and the systemic targeting of journalists taken place over several years. On 11 May, it is alleged forces deliberately targeted Abu-Akleh despite her wearing a visible press vest. It is hoped evidence from Samoudi who was present and injured at the time of her death, will be used in the submission. 

Lawyers from Doughty Street Chambers and Bindmans LLP instructed to work on the complaint stated a clear signal was needed to governments worldwide, stressing targeted attacks against journalists are crimes.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

“The targeting of journalists and media organisations in Palestine violates the right to life and freedom of expression. The brutal killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and all crimes against Palestinian journalists must be fully investigated. The time for justice is now.

“We are proud to work with PJS, ICJP, Bindmans and Doughty Street Chambers to seek to ensure those responsible for crimes against journalists are held accountable.”

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