100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
UN experts condemn Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Latest updates
UN human rights experts demand a prompt, transparent, thorough and independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
UN Security Council condemns killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
Council also calls for immediate investigation into the death of the Al Jazeera journalist who was shot on Wednesday.
Al Jazeera condemns Israeli attack on Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral
The news network said that attack on mourners participating in the funeral ‘violates all norms and international laws’.
Western media slammed for coverage of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing
Media outlets ignored Israel’s role in Abu Akleh’s death, according to social media users and commentators.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Shireen Abu Akleh: UN chief António Guterres appalled at Al Jazeera reporter’s killing
UN Secretary General António Guterres has said he is “appalled” by the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla,…
Shireen Abu Akleh and the journalists killed by Israeli forces
At least 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000. Hundreds more have been wounded.
Get all your news in one place
Latest Politics news:
Industry portfolio must be at the centre of government
Editorial: In years past, when you walked through the foyer and into the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
McKinsey has paid just $1m tax in Aust on $850m revenue since 2019
Multinational consulting giant McKinsey’s contracts with the federal government have tripled since the pandemic began but the firm has paid…
Whether you followed lockdown rules may have been influenced by your genetics – new research
All over the world, people suffered the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on their wellbeing. However, the impact was not…
Morrison’s whistle-stops span the nation, but five MPs were left to fight their own battles
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conspicuous absence from five battleground seats has underscored his greatest challenge this election.
Food banks: an MP claimed there's no massive use for them in the UK – the evidence shows why he's wrong
There is no “massive use for food banks” in the UK, according to Lee Anderson, the Conservative MP for Ashfield.…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
How the major parties’ election tech promises stack up
Australians will head to the polls on Saturday following a long election campaign which was largely devoid of tech-focused policy…
All polling places will be open for election day: AEC
The Electoral Commissioner has confirmed all polling places will be open for election day.

UN experts condemn Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing, demand probe

Shireen Abu Akleh was laid to rest in her hometown of Jerusalem on Friday [Abbas Momani/Pool via Reuters]

A panel of United Nations human rights experts have condemned the killing of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh and said it may constitute a war crime.

In a news release published on Friday, the UN’s Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) called for a thorough and independent investigation into her death.

“Authorities have an obligation not to harm journalists and to protect them from harm under international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” the experts said according to the statement. “The killing of Abu Akleh, who was clearly performing her duties as a journalist, may constitute a war crime.”

Abu Akleh, a veteran reporter with Al Jazeera, was killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. She was wearing a helmet and a vest that clearly identified her as a journalist.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a veteran reporter with Al Jazeera, was killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin [Abbas Momani/Pool via Reuters]

“We demand a prompt, independent, impartial, effective, thorough and transparent investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh,” according to the statement.

“The killing of Abu Akleh is another serious attack on media freedom and freedom of expression, amid the escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank.”

Thousands of people jammed the streets in her hometown of Jerusalem Friday for her funeral and burial. Israeli police kicked and beat mourners with batons as they carried her body from the hospital in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, nearly causing the pallbearers to drop the coffin.

Israeli forces also attacked the hearse as it carried her body, to snatch Palestinian flags from it.

“Al Jazeera Media Network denounces this violence in the strongest terms, and holds the Israeli government fully responsible for the safety and security of all the mourners and the family of our colleague Shireen,” the broadcaster said in a statement Friday.

Abu Akleh was buried next to her parents at the Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.

[Al Jazeera]

The UN experts said Abu Akleh’s killing came as violence has been on the increase in the occupied West Bank and Gaza in recent years. Last year, according to the statement, marked the highest number of Palestinian deaths resulting from confrontations with Israelis since 2014. It also came amid a high rate of attacks against Palestinian journalists.

At least Palestinian journalists have been killed since 2000, and hundreds more have been injured.

“The role of journalists, especially in a context of heightened tension and marked by continuous abuses, like the occupied Palestinian territory, is critical,” the experts said.

“Lack of accountability gives carte blanche to continue the litany of extrajudicial executions. The safety of journalists is essential in guaranteeing the freedom of expression and media freedom.”

Al Jazeera has accused Israeli of deliberately killing Shireen Abu Akleh [Ammar Awad/Reuters]

The Israeli military said its initial investigation into Abu Akleh’s death showed that a heavy firefight was under way in Jenin approximately 200 metres (about 220 yards) from where she was killed, but that it was unable to determine whether she was shot by Israeli forces or Palestinian fighters.

In a statement issued Friday, the military said Palestinian gunmen recklessly fired hundreds of rounds at an Israeli military vehicle, some in the direction of where Abu Akleh was standing. It said Israeli forces returned fire, and that without doing ballistic analysis, it cannot determine who was responsible for her death.

Reporters who were with Abu Akleh, including one who was shot and wounded, said there were no clashes or fighters in the immediate area when she was killed.

Al Jazeera has accused Israel of “blatant murder” and have called for an independent investigation into her death.

Rights groups have said that Israel rarely follows through on investigations into the killing of Palestinians by its security forces and hands down lenient punishments on the rare occasions when it does.

Abu Akleh, 51, had joined Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service in 1997 and rose to prominence covering the second Intifada, or uprising, in the early 2000s.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
UN experts condemn Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Latest updates
UN human rights experts demand a prompt, transparent, thorough and independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
UN Security Council condemns killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
Council also calls for immediate investigation into the death of the Al Jazeera journalist who was shot on Wednesday.
Al Jazeera condemns Israeli attack on Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral
The news network said that attack on mourners participating in the funeral ‘violates all norms and international laws’.
Western media slammed for coverage of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing
Media outlets ignored Israel’s role in Abu Akleh’s death, according to social media users and commentators.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Shireen Abu Akleh: UN chief António Guterres appalled at Al Jazeera reporter’s killing
UN Secretary General António Guterres has said he is “appalled” by the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla,…
Shireen Abu Akleh and the journalists killed by Israeli forces
At least 45 journalists have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000. Hundreds more have been wounded.
Get all your news in one place