Journalism Under Occupation - In Memory of Shireen Abu Akleh
Reporting from a war zone is always difficult and risky. What about reporting from a country under military occupation – with official news blackouts, military censorship, restriction of movement, physical harassment, imprisonment, and even death? Forty-six Palestinian journalists have been reported to have been killed by Israeli Defense Forces since 2000, hundreds more have been injured or imprisoned. A Washington Post (as well as CNN and AP) report shows that Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head by an IDF soldier as she was covering military operations outside of the Jenin refugee camp. Abu Akleh, a 25-year veteran reporter for Al Jazeera, was wearing a blue jacket with the word “PRESS” written large on it when she was killed and her cameraman was wounded. Two short documentaries examine Journalism Under Occupation.
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Yumna Patel – Bethlehem-based Palestine News Director at Mondoweiss
Lia Tarachansky – Israeli-Canadian journalist and filmmaker
Maha Nassar (moderator) – Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona
The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage - Abby Martin of The Empire Files takes a look at how the so-called "Israel-Palestine conflict" has been covered by the mainstream press and the variety of tactics employed by the state of Israel to control the narrative
From Sheikh Jarrah to Gaza: Journalism Under Apartheid - Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post looks at Israel’s crackdown on reporters in East Jerusalem and at international journalists calling out their own media operations for sanitizing the oppression of Palestinians.
The July VFHL Online Film Salon is co-sponsored by:
Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
Green Mountain Solidarity With Palestine