Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Press freedom group condemns injury of photojournalist

Press freedom group condemns injury of photojournalist*

Published Monday 16/05/2011

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms on Monday condemned the use of "indiscriminate fire" by Israeli forces on Palestinian protesters, which injured hundreds including at least two journalists.

Freelance photographer Mohammad Osman, 25, and local radio correspondent Mohammad Bakr Allouh, 23, were both injured while covering the Palestinian commemoration of Nakba Day, which made headlines around the world.

Osman was covering the March of Return in the Gaza Strip, a report from the center said. The photographer was hit with live
rounds to his chest and right hand and had to be evacuated to Kamal Udwan hospital for emergency treatment before being transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital for surgery, the center said.

Osman will be transferred to Turkey for treatment, the report added.

At the same rally, Sawt al-Watan radio correspondent Mohammed Bakr Allouh suffered severe effects from excessive tear gas inhalation and was evacuated to hospital for treatment.

The media freedoms group called the injuries a "clear violation of the laws governing freedom of expression," and condemned the treatment of reporters as they covered peaceful protests in Palestine.

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