UN chief appalled by killing of Al-Jazeera journalist in West Bank

by IANS |

United Nations, May 12 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appalled by the killing of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank, said his Deputy Spokesman.

"The Secretary-General is appalled by the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter for Al-Jazeera TV, who was shot dead earlier today while covering an operation by Israeli security forces in Jenin in the occupied West Bank," Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman, added in a statement on Wednesday.

Guterres sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of Abu Akleh and wished a quick recovery to fellow journalist Ali Samoudi, who was wounded in the same incident, said the statement.

It added that the UN chief appealed to relevant authorities to carry out an independent and transparent investigation into this incident and ensure that those responsible are held accountable, Xinhua news agency reported.

"The Secretary-General condemns all attacks and killings of journalists and stresses that journalists must never be the target of violence. Media workers should be able to carry out their work freely and without harassment, intimidation or the fear of being targeted. The Secretary-General reiterates his firm conviction that a free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights," said the statement.

Latest News
Rishabh Pant storms to No.5, Virat Kohli drops out of top-10 in ICC Test ranking Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 03:56 PM
Afghan Sufi cleric killed in Maharashtra's Nashik, manhunt for assailants Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 03:45 PM
SKorea reports 19,371 new COVID-19 cases Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 03:23 PM
When Nadal arrived at Wimbledon he was unsure; now he's among the favourites: Coach Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 03:07 PM
Jaishankar, Singapore Deputy PM discuss strengthening bilateral relations Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:50 PM
Nasser Hussain gives credit for England's resurgence to important decisions taken by Rob Key Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:41 PM
SC declines to interfere with anticipatory bail to actor Vijay Babu in rape case Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:30 PM
Tamil Nadu juvenile to be tried in regular court for murder Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:29 PM
Noida: Tempo overturns after tyre burst, 1 injured Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:22 PM
Draupadi Murmu likely to visit Kolkata on Saturday for campaigning Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:18 PM
Bihar sees spike in new Covid cases Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:14 PM
IAF gets highest number of job applications under Agnipath scheme Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:12 PM
Ailing Lalu Yadav to be shifted to Delhi for treatment Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 02:11 PM
Death toll in July 4 Chicago shooting rise to 7 Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 01:36 PM
Argentina affirms IMF debt programme, warns of quarterly target changes Wed, Jul 06, 2022, 01:34 PM