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15/08/2014
The repeated assaults by IDF forces on camera crews out on assignment covering protests in Hebron is totally unacceptable.
13/08/2014
AP video cameraman Simone Camilli who died in Beit Lahiya in Gaza on August 13 was laid to rest in Italy this afternoon.
11/08/2014
The FPA protests Hamas attempts to actively intervene or direct reporting by visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.
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
For regional updates on safety issues see Bulletin Board

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FPA STATEMENT October 12, 2001

The Foreign Press Association strongly protests the Palestinian Authority's ban on coverage of the Islamic Jihad event at the Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza on Friday, October 12. Palestinian Police Chief Ghazi Jabali, in a faxed message to
media, declared the camp would be off limits to reporters during a memorial ceremony after Friday prayers.

Reporters and photographers from numerous major media organizations who entered the camp were stopped by plainclothes Palestinian officers, escorted to a police station where they were told they could not return to the camp, and then allowed to go.

Palestinian officials approached about this measure -- which directly contravenes an explicit promise to guarantee freedom of the press issued by Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo on Sept. 18 -- expressed indignation that the media would wish to cover these events and consider the censorship itself a news item. This comes only several days after Palestinian police closed Gaza to foreign reporters for a day and a half, prevented a photographer from entering Nablus and confiscated audio tape from a radio reporter in Ramallah, among other incidents.

A clear pattern is emerging in which the Palestinian authorities are seeking to prevent coverage of events deemed politically damaging to the national interest. This policy is creating a very serious crisis. We call on the Palestinian Authority to cease attempts to censor and engineer the news and provide assurances that this will not happen again.

Board Member Jamil Hamad opposes the statement.


 

 


FPA STATEMENT October 9, 2001

The Foreign Press Association is deeply concerned over the renewed campaign by the Palestinian National Authority to curtail press coverage of events in the PA areas following the US air strikes in Afghanistan. Only three weeks ago, after a series of heavy handed censorship efforts in the wake of the attacks on the United States, Minister of Information Yasser Abed Rabbo issued a letter assuring us that "the PNA unequivocally opposes all forms of media censorship."

Yesterday, Palestinian security tried to prevent coverage of a rally at the Islamic University in Gaza, then tried to prevent the video transmissions from feed points in the strip. Police confiscated an audio tape from a BBC reporter in Ramallah, and a BBC reporter was barred by Palestinian officials from entering Gaza. The FPA has also received complaints from journalists saying they were openly told not to even film any interviews or street reactions regarding the US air strikes.

The continued use of such measures and the PA's desire to control coverage badly undermine the credibility of any information coming out of the Palestinian areas. We call on the Palestinian Authority to honor its commitment to respect the freedom of the press, and immediately end the censorship campaign.

Board Member Jamil Hamad rejects this statement.



FPA STATEMENT July, 26, 2001

This is a statement put out today by the FPA board and to be read by Elias Zananiri at a news conference at which Reporters Without Borders presented a case study of the incidents in which journalists were shot since September 2000 and submitted a series of recommendations to the Israeli government on improving the situation.

The Foreign Press Association welcomes and embraces the report issued by Reporters without Borders. We very much urge the Israeli government to adopt its recommendations immediately. The FPA notes with regret that in the vast majority of the cases described in this report we have not yet been notified of the conclusion of any investigation by the military - even though in some instances 10 months have passed. Full investigation, with serious consequences and public disclosure, would not only serve justice but also provide a deterrent for abusive and dangerous behavior by soldiers.

 

 

The lack of consequences for the shooting of journalists _ not to mention more frequent cases of simple harassment _ delivers the message that abuses against journalists are somehow acceptable. This is a deplorable and utterly unacceptable situation. Therefore we call on the Israeli authorities to go beyond general promises and set a binding deadline for a serious accounting regarding the cases the FPA has forwarded to their attention. The FPA should be kept informed at each stage
and the results should be made public.

We also call upon the authorities to issue specific orders to soldiers and police officers in the field to respect the rights of journalists to move freely and to do their jobs without undue interference or any harassment whatsoever. We look forward to seeing these results very soon

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