Al Jazeera renews its demand for accountability for the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh on the first commemoration of her death
Thursday, May 11, 2023, will mark the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh who was shot dead by the Israeli Occupation Forces while she was reporting on the Israeli military raids in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.
Despite Israel's attempts to mislead and deny responsibility, the murder of Shireen sparked a global outcry. Independent international investigations have unanimously confirmed that Shireen was targeted by an Israeli Occupation Forces soldier, despite her wearing a blue helmet and vest clearly identifying her as a member of the press.
Al Jazeera Media Network remains committed to its pledge to Shireen’s family and colleagues to seek justice for Shireen by pursuing all possible avenues to ensure her killers are held accountable, including through the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
The Network renews its appeal to international human rights and press freedom organizations to continue to support Shireen's case and help end impunity for crimes against journalists.
On the one-year anniversary of Shireen’s killing, the Network pays tribute to her memory and contribution to journalism through an International Day of Action. Her colleagues, along with other journalists and human rights activists, held vigils and solidarity stands in key capitals.
Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha also paid tribute to her memory with a remembrance event that featured a special seminar on Shireen’s life and the sacrifices she made. The event was attended by the Network management and included many of Shireen's colleagues.