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Mada demands protection of Palestinian journalists

Nov. 23, 2012 3:25 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 25, 2012 11:29 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian press freedom group Mada on Friday called for accountability for attacks on Palestinian journalists at home and abroad.

In a statement marking the International Day to End Impunity, Mada noted that Israeli forces killed three Palestinian journalists -- Mahmoud al-Koumi, Husam Salameh and Muhammad Abu Aisha -- during its assault on the Gaza Strip this week.

Israel also bombed three media offices in Gaza City.

In Syria, Mada said two Palestinian journalists Bashar Qaddoumi and Muheeb Nawati are still missing, and Syrian authorities refuse to supply information about their whereabouts or welfare.

Nawati, a journalist and author from Gaza, went missing on his return to Syria in January 2011.

Bashar Fahmi Qaddoumi, who also holds Jordanian citizenship, went missing in Syria in August with his Turkish colleague Cuneyt Unal.

Unal was released last week and said he didn't know what happened to Fahmi after they were captured by government forces.

Mada appealed for the release of imprisoned journalists and UN bodies to adopt measures to protect journalists, especially in times of war.
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