Washington DC – More than a dozen journalists based in Washington, D.C. gathered outside Al Jazeera’s bureau to commemorate Shireen Abu Ackley, As news of her killing continued to spark outrage around the world.
Despite continued COVID-19 precautions to keep many employees working remotely, journalists gathered on Wednesday to observe a moment of silence for Abu Akleh, who was shot dead by Israel while covering events in the occupied West Bank.
Colleagues held pictures of the late journalist and distributed signs that read “Journalism is not a crime.”
“We are here to show solidarity. Our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh has been with Al Jazeera for about 20 years, and she is recognized throughout the network as an amazing person and a fearless reporter,” Al Jazeera Washington, D.C. said bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara.
Akleh is a Palestinian-American who spent a stint in the Washington, D.C. office in 2016, covering the U.S. presidential election.
“Today is a terrible loss For her family, Palestine and here, she is an American citizen,” Fukara said. “This is a terrible loss for us her colleagues at Al Jazeera and a terrible loss for the press and journalists around the world. Loss. “
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Akleh, 51, senior correspondent for Al Jazeera hit by bullet On Wednesday, while reporting on the Israeli military attack on the northern West Bank city of Jenin.
The White House on Wednesday strongly condemned Abu Akleh’s killing and called for a thorough investigation into her death.
Her killing occurred while she was wearing a vest and helmet that clearly indicated she was a journalist irritated all around the world.
Those who worked with her and knew her mourned the loss of someone they said was always professional and kind.
Al Jazeera’s Arabic correspondent at the White House, Wajd Waqfi, said the two planned to meet this year in the Jordanian capital, Amman, for a brief vacation.
“I’m still shocked by what happened to Shireen,” Wackerfee said.
“Shereen was an amazing, gentle person who empathized with people’s problems,” she said. “She worked hard [person] who did not hesitate to perform her duties. “
She said the last message Abu Akleh sent was an email that read: “The occupying forces have attacked Jenin, we are on our way.”
Al Jazeera Media Network Describe the death of Abu Akleh The “blatant murder” committed by the Israeli occupying forces “was designed only to prevent the media from doing its job”. It called on authorities to conduct an impartial investigation into her killing.
“She is elegant, calm, professional, and she understands the Palestinian conflict well — its political, social and humanitarian dimensions,” said Amjad Al Malki, executive producer of Arabic at Al Jazeera in Washington, D.C.
“Shireen is very calm, but her calm reflects that strength,” said Al Malki.
The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to observe a moment of silence for Abu Akleh on Thursday, which is expected to be attended by reporters from various media organizations.