Turkey – Journalists in Istanbul protest the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh
Location: Istanbul -Turkey
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Dozens of Palestinian and Arab journalists residing in Istanbul staged a sit-in outside the Israeli Consulate, to express their sadness and anger over the killing of the Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Aqleh while she was covering the events in Jenin.
The journalists praised their colleague Abu Aqleh and her distinguished career, which many media professionals were inspired by, calling on the international community to open an urgent investigation and hold those responsible accountable.
Soundbite (Abdul Azim Muhammad – Director of Al Jazeera’s office in Istanbul):
“It is a painful and cruel crime. We grew up watching Jerusalem and Palestine through Shireen Abu Aqleh. Her killing is very painful and tragic for all the journalists who know Shireen. All Arab journalists know Shireen and everyone learned from her and was influenced by her.”
Soundbite (Shadia Al-Ajlouni- Media person):
“We, as media professionals, condemn the assassination of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh while she was wearing a jacket and helmet with the word “Press” printed on it. We call on the international community to hold those responsible accountable.”
Soundbite (Randa Triki – Libyan activist):
“We stand here today mourning, lamenting, and praising Shireen Abu Aqleh. I cannot describe the feeling of bitterness. We shed tears for her, and we hope to shed blood for her because she has always stood in the face of the occupation, and her voice has always been loud: Shireen Abu Aqleh, Al-Jazeera Ramallah, Jenin, Haifa, and everywhere.”
Soundbite (Taha Odehoglu – Palestinian journalist):
“Today, all of Palestine is saddened by the death of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh. She sacrificed her life for a just cause. She supported the Palestinian cause during her 25 years of service.”