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Journalists Denounce Serious Blow to Press Freedom after Attack on AFP Reporters by Israeli soldiers in Nablus

28 September 2015

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), the Federazione Nazionale della Stampa Italiana (FNSI) and (SNJ, SNJ-CGT, CFDT Journalistes, respectively IFJ affiliates in Palestine, Italy and France, in condemning the appalling attack on two AFP reporters by Israeli soldiers and calling for an end of impunity enjoyed by Israeli army which threatens freedom of information.

The two AFP journalists, Italian cameraman Andrea Bernardi and his Palestinian colleague photographer Abbas Momani, both clearly identifiable as journalists, were violently assaulted by soldiers at Beit Furik, near Nablus while they covered clashes between the army and Palestinian protesters.

The soldiers, clearly unhappy about journalists’ witnessing the heavy handed repression of the protest, set upon them, hurling them to the ground and breaking their cameras and confiscating other equipment.

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