Washington, DC – More than a dozen journalists primarily based in Washington, DC gathered outdoors Al Jazeera’s bureau to commemorate the demise of Shireen Abu Akleh, as information of her killing continues to spark outrage world wide.
Despite continued COVID-19 precautions which have saved many staff working remotely, journalists gathered on Wednesday to carry a second of silence for Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot by Israeli gunfire whereas overlaying occasions in the occupied West Bank.
Colleagues held photos of the late journalist and handed round stickers with the slogan, “Journalism is not a crime.”
“We are here to show solidarity. Our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh worked for Al Jazeera for about two decades, she was known throughout the network both as an amazing human being and as an intrepid journalist,” Al Jazeera’s Washington, DC bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara mentioned.
“Today is a terrible loss for her family, for Palestine and also here, she’s an American citizen,” Foukara mentioned. “It’s a terrible loss for us her colleagues at Al Jazeera and it’s a terrible loss for journalism and journalists everywhere in the world.”
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Akleh, 51, a veteran reporter with Al Jazeera was struck by a bullet on Wednesday whereas overlaying an Israeli navy raid in the metropolis of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.
The White House strongly condemned Abu Akleh’s killing on Wednesday and referred to as for an intensive investigation into her demise.
Those who labored along with her and knew her personally mourned the lack of somebody they mentioned was all the time skilled and type.
Wajd Waqfi White House correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic mentioned the 2 had plans to satisfy in Jordan’s capital, Amman, for a short vacation this 12 months.
“I am still shocked from what happened to Shireen,” Waqfi mentioned.
“Shireen was an amazing, gentle person who sympathised with people’s problems,” she mentioned. “She was hardworking [person] who did not hesitate to do her duty.”
She mentioned the final message Abu Akleh despatched was an e mail that learn: “the occupation forces have raided Jenin and we are on our way.”
Al Jazeera Media Network described Abu Akleh’s death as a “blatant murder” perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces “which intends only to prevent the media from conducting their duty”. It referred to as on authorities to carry an neutral probe into her killing.
“She was elegant, calm and professional who knew the Palestinian conflict – its political, social and humanitarian dimensions so well,” Amjad Al Malki, govt producer at Al Jazeera Arabic in Washington, DC mentioned.
“Shireen was very calm, but her calmness reflected such strength,” Al Malki mentioned.
The National Press Club in Washington, DC is scheduled to carry a second of silence for Abu Akleh on Thursday anticipated to be attended by journalists from varied media organisations.