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‘We want you to see our reality,’ Palestine journalists tell British Parliament

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In a meeting held at the British Parliament yesterday, Palestinian journalists told parliamentarians, journalists and the general public that “we want you to see our reality”. They called on the international community to “take responsibility” for the protection of Palestinian journalists, for discussions to be “translated into reality” and for a British parliamentary delegation to visit the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) to listen to journalists’ testimonies.

The meeting was addressed by prominent members of the Palestinian journalism community, including President of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) Nasser Abu Bakar and Ramallah photojournalist Musa Shaer. General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Michelle Stanistreet, was also in attendance, as well as British Members of Parliament Grahame Morris of the Labour Party and Brendan O’Hara of the SNP.

Abu Bakar of the PJS opened the meeting, explaining that the PJS held a long-standing relationship with the NUJ based on their “shared values on the need to defend freedom of the press and the rights of journalists to carry out their work”. Abu Bakar spoke of the long history of journalism in Palestine yet emphasised that since the State of Israel was created in 1948 and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza imposed in 1967, “profound injustices” have been committed against Palestinian journalists.

Abu Bakar cited just some of the........

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