The media network says bombing is a “clear act” to prevent journalists from reporting events in the Gaza Strip.
Al Jazeera strongly condemns the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza and sees this as a clear act to deter journalists from fulfilling their sacred duty of informing the world and reporting events on the ground.
Al Jazeera promises to use all available means to hold the Israeli government responsible for its actions.
The residents of the al-Jalaa building, which houses Al Jazeera’s office, as well as leading international media outlets such as The Associated Press and Middle East Eye, have been informed by the Israeli army via telephone that they have less than an hour had to vacate the building.
Al Jazeera calls on all media and human rights institutions to jointly denounce these ruthless bomb attacks and to hold the Israeli government accountable for the targeted fight against journalists and media institutions.
⭕ LIVE footage from the moment an Israeli air strike bombed Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices in Gaza City ⬇️
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– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 15, 2021
Dr. Commenting on the bombing of the Al Jalaa building, Mostefa Souag, acting general manager of the Al Jazeera Media Network, said: “We call on the international community to condemn such barbaric acts and the targeting of journalists and demand immediate international action is Israel responsible for its targeted focus on journalists and media institutions. “
Dr. Souag added: “The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and hide the immeasurable slaughter and suffering of the people of Gaza.
“The destruction of the offices of Al Jazeera and other media organizations in the Al Jalaa Tower in Gaza is an obvious violation of human rights and is internationally recognized as a war crime. We urge all media and human rights institutions to denounce this heinous crime and to work with Al Jazeera and other media organizations targeted by the Israeli army, even though they know they have used the building as their headquarters for many years. “
The attack on the building that houses international media institutions aims to silence the truth by killing the messenger.
Journalism is not a crime.