Romney, Ossoff urge ‘full and transparent investigation’ into Abu Akleh’s death

"We urge that the State Department ensure there is a full and transparent investigation and accountability for Ms. Akleh’s death," said US Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia).

 Shireen Abu Akleh (photo credit: AL JAZEERA)
Shireen Abu Akleh
(photo credit: AL JAZEERA)

WASHINGTON – US Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) sent a letter on Monday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, urging “a full and transparent investigation” into Shireen Abu Akleh’s death.

We are deeply disturbed by the killing of an American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot to death while reporting near the city of Jenin in the West Bank on May 11,” they wrote.

“We urge that the State Department ensure there is a full and transparent investigation and accountability for Ms. Akleh’s death,” they said, adding that “the killing of a US citizen and of a journalist engaged in the work of reporting in a conflict zone is unacceptable.”

All over the world, journalists pursue truth and accountability at great personal risk, they said.

Press freedom is a core American value, and we cannot accept impunity when journalists are killed in the line of duty... We insist that the Administration ensure a full and transparent investigation is completed and that justice is served for Ms. Akleh’s death,” they wrote.

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They asked Blinken to provide a detailed progress report within 30 days.