A member of Israel's Border Police assaults journalists and medics assembled October 30 near Al Bireh Credits: Fadi Arouri

Group demands to form an “international moot court” to sue journalists’ killers

PNN/ Ramallah/

On the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalist, and In light of the continued and increased crimes and attacks against journalists across the world, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, “MADA” calls for the establishment of a moot international tribunal to prosecute and sue journalists’ killers, who commit serious crimes against journalists in Palestine and across the world.

MADA center will serve to push toward the establishment and success, of forming an international moot court to sue journalists’ killers, that will shed light on impunity of perpetrators against journalists from accountability on an international scale, besides to prosecuting and punishing them, thus will minimize the escalation of violations and crimes against journalists and media freedoms.

Moreover, MADA will submit a detailed proposal in this regard /the formation of a mock international tribunal, for the global network for defending and promoting free expression “IFEX”; which MADA is a member at, and to several regional/ international parties in order to approve this proposal and start applying it after agreeing on all details related to forming similar courts.

The Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) located in Geneva, on the International day to end impunity for crimes against journalists stressed that media workers face increasing risks in a number of conflict zones Since the beginning of 2016 until the end of October, 105 journalists were killed in 25 countries (110 for the same period last year), Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Mexico had the most fatalities so far (more than 10 in each country)[1]

On the other hand, Israeli Occupation forces murdered 41 journalists and media workers (in West Bank and Gaza Strip), since the beginning of 2000 including one journalist this year, while total violations recorded this year (monitored by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms) in Palestine since the beginning of 2016 till the end of October; 326 violations (207 committed by Israeli parties, and 119 by Palestinian parties in West Bank and Gaza Strip).

MADA center reaffirms the significant need to hold perpetrators accountable, as impunity encourages perpetrators to commit further crimes.