9 March 2011

MADA launches video honouring Palestinian photographers


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The death of Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana in April 2008 in the Gaza Strip shocked the world. Shana, who was wearing body armour emblazoned with the word "PRESS", was killed in an unprovoked Israeli military strike. Months later, Israel announced it would not prosecute the soldiers responsible for his death.

The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has produced a short film in honour of Shana and the many other Palestinian photographers "who have paid the high price of continued Israeli attacks."

View it here:
It's just one of MADA's many creative ways to engage the public in media freedom issues. MADA also recently formed a coalition of 17 human rights, women's, media and youth organisations to promote freedom of expression.

MADA has also just released its 2010 annual report on media freedom violations, recording 218 reported violations, a 45 percent increase from 2009. Most of the violations were physical attacks at the hands of Israeli Occupation Forces - a fact often ignored by the international community, says MADA.

Read the annual report here.



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