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Silencing the Press Sixteenth Report - Documentation of Israeli Attacks against Media Personnel in the oPt

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01 January 2013 – 31 March 2014

Introduction

Israeli force have continued to systematically attack local and international media workers, who are interested in covering the area despite the protection extended to them under international law. These violations are part of the ongoing escalation in war crimes and other violations of the international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians. It is clear that the Israeli practices against media workers, including killings and threats to their personal safety, is part of a well-planned scheme to isolate the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) from the rest of the world and to provide cover for crimes against civilians.

This report is the 16th in an ongoing series of “Silencing the Press” reports issued by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). It covers the period 01 January 2013 – 31 March 2014, and shows a significant escala- tion of Israeli attacks and violations against media workers in the oPt.