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30/07/2014
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23/07/2014
The FPA strongly condemns official and unofficial incitement against journalists covering the current warfare.
28/06/2014
The FPA wishes members, friends and colleagues Ramadan Kareem.
20/06/2014
Deliberate violence and intimidation against professional journalists carrying out their work anywhere is totally unacceptable.
29/05/2014
A change in policy appears to be the reason for unprecedented aggressive behaviour by the authorities against journalists covering demonstrations in Jerusalem
16/05/2014
The FPA condemns the violent attack on journalists in the Ramallah environs and demands that steps be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.
28/04/2014
The FPA has a new chairman and Board.
25/03/2014
Former FPA chairman and TIME correspondent Robert Slater passed away in Jerusalem this morning after a long illness. See "Former Chairmen"
24/03/2014
An AP cameraman "encouraged" to leave the site of a demonstration by shooting at his car at the entrance to the Aida refugee camp yesterday. See "Statements"
23/03/2014
The FPA protests multiple SMS and emailed threats made to foreign journalists and demands the Hamas takes steps to stop this.
17/03/2014
The well known veteran Dutch correspondent Adriaan Bloemendaal passed away in Tel Aviv yesterday. See "In Memoriam" as he is remembered by his friends.
11/03/2014
Photojournalists from Reuters and AP injured by border police at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem this evening.
28/02/2014
The FPA condemns the violent and unprofessional behavior of an Israeli policeman during disturbances on Feb. 28 in East Jerusalem
20/12/2013
Newly arrived correspondents - useful pointers. NB The regulations re drivers licenses for foreign journalists based in Israel are about to change. Members will be updated as soon as we have some clarity.
02/12/2013
The FPA replies to the IDF response re Qualandia events on 29th November. See Statements
01/12/2013
The FPA strongly protests last Friday's attempt by the IDF forces to clear Qalandia of photojournalists by firing rubber bullets and stun grenades directly at them. See Statements.
27/07/2013
The FPA deplores the closure of Al Arabiyeh's offices in Gaza by Hamas.
04/07/2013
The FPA protests unacceptable behavior by the border police against journalists on assignment yet again
17/05/2013
FPA members congratulated on receiving Overseas Press Club photography awards for 2012
02/04/2013
Unwanted photojournalists, this time at Qalandia Crossing Saturday March 30th. See "Statements"
11/03/2013
This past Saturday Hizmeh junction near Jerusalem was the conflict zone - against the photojournalists again ! See Statements.
10/02/2013
Saturday showdown, this time in the South Hebron Hills. Photographers not welcome !
06/02/2013
Journalists get in the way of security again, this time in Burin.
16/01/2013
The FPA yet again calls on Israel refrain from barring access to news worthy events by manhandling journalists. See "Statements"
28/02/2012
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