Report accuses IDF of using violence against photographers

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 15, 2012 10:47

Reporters Without Borders issued a strong rebuke of the IDF on Tuesday for what it described as the use of violence against Israeli, Palestinian and international photojournalists covering protests in the West Bank.

In a report published on its website, the international organization established in 1985 to fight for press freedom said it "deplores the total impunity employed by the soldiers responsible for these abuses." The report highlighted six photojournalists, whom it claimed the IDF struck with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. In at least two cases, the report cited unnamed witnesses accusing the army of deliberately firing in the direction of journalists.

Noting that the organization has "on many occasions asked the Israeli army to undertake independent and impartial investigations" into the incidents, it lamented the IDF's response, saying that "even when the army does carry out an investigation, it seldom reaches any conclusions."

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