JSC supports Reporters Without Borders Decision to File a Complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court for Bombing Media Centers in Gaza

2021-05-17 11:20


Geneva-based Palestinian Journalist Support Committee (JSC) fully supports Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) decision to file a complaint against Israel with the International Criminal Court for bombing media centers in Gaza. 

Reporters Without Borders, in their complaint, considered that Israel's deliberate targeting of media centers in Gaza may amount to war crimes

The Committee confirms it has documented dozens of violations against Palestinian, Arab and international journalists and media institutions, especially after the destruction of the buildings include television offices of Arab institutions such as Al-Jazeera Network and the American AP Agency, in addition to the destruction of about 27 Palestinian media institutions, including satellite channels, radio stations, newspapers, websites, production companies, training and injury centers. About 10 others were affected due to the Israeli strikes and bombings.  

JSC stresses the importance of prosecuting the perpetrators of crimes against journalists and media institutions, so that they do not get impunity.

Reporters Without Borders continued in its complaint addressed to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, dated May 16, "considers that the deliberate targeting of the media and the complete and deliberate destruction of their equipment constitute a war crime in accordance with Article 8 of the Rome Statute."

The complaint added that "the Israeli army has not only caused very significant material damage to the editorial departments the journalists, equipment and facilities of which are protected under the requirements of the protection of the civilian assets, but also impeded media coverage of an assault and attack that directly and seriously affected the civilian population."