‘In cold blood’ — Where is justice for the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh?

Qalqiya, West Bank, 13 May 2022. A member of the press holds a photo of ‘Al Jazeera’ journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces while covering Israeli military raids of a refugee camp in Jenin. Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

‘In Cold Blood’: Killing the voice of a generation

Last month’s horrific killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces sparked international outrage and immediate calls for an investigation. Holding Israel responsible, Al Jazeera said Abu Akleh was “assassinated in cold blood” while covering Israeli military raids of a refugee camp in Jenin, and pledged to pursue legal prosecution of the perpetrators.

Stifling dissent in Tunisia and Algeria

In Tunisia, President Kais Saied continues to entrench his one-man rule with planned constitutional changes in June while critical voices continue to be increasingly targeted. Amidst Saied’s announcement last month about the establishment of a “national dialogue” and holding a constitutional referendum, blogger and civil society activist Amina Mansour was given a six-month prison sentence for satirical comments she posted on Facebook criticizing the President and his associates.

Egypt’s revolving door of political prisoners

Egypt’s prison system continues to be a revolving door of prisoners of conscience. While several prominent political prisoners were released last month, including journalist Khaled Ghoneim and activist Abdelrahman Tarek (Mokka), three prominent public opposition figures received lengthy jail terms as authorities continued to clamp down on political opponents and critics.

In Brief

Qatar: A court sentenced brothers and lawyers Hazza and Rashed bin Ali Abu Shurayda al-Marri to ‘shocking’ life sentences on charges that included “contesting and refusing laws and decisions ratified by the Emir.” They were among dozens of Qataris detained last year during unprecedented popular protests denouncing the ratification of an election law that critics say marginalizes thousands from political participation. The court also issued a life sentence in absentia for Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami for publishing a video critical of the law.

Also Noteworthy

Syrian lawyers and activists Mazen Darwish and Anwar Al Bunni were among TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of 2022, in recognition for their work bringing Syrian officials to justice. President of IFEX member the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Darwish, along with Al Bunni, provided critical evidence and testimony against Syrian officials accused of war crimes, including the landmark case of Anwar Raslan who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a German court earlier this year.

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IFEX is a global network of organisations that defend and promote the right to freedom of expression and information. Email: info@ifex.org

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IFEX is a global network of organisations that defend and promote the right to freedom of expression and information. Email: info@ifex.org