The Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) has documented 255 violations by the Israeli occupation forces against journalists and media institutions working in the occupied Palestinian territories during 2019.
It said in its annual report on Israeli violations against journalists, released on Sunday, that these Israeli violations included use of live fire, rubber-coated bullets and tear-gas canisters against journalists, in addition to physical beating and arrest.
The report said 145 journalists were injured by live fire or rubber-coated rounds, suffocated by teargas or beaten by Israeli forces during the year, while 145 journalists were either arrested or targeted by Israeli gunfire but were not injured. A total of 27 assaults by Israeli forces on media institutions were also documented.
“These daily crimes and violations against journalists require an urgent and immediate intervention to pressure the Israeli government to stop its systematic and deliberate targeting of photographers and field journalists,” the report said.
WAFA calls upon international and regional human rights organizations and journalists to pressure the Israeli government to stop its violations against journalism in occupied Palestine.
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam