Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer, and Link TV Editor Jamal D’Janai

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Palestinian Journalist Mohammed Omer, and Link TV Editor Jamal D’Janai

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Mohammed Omer winner of the 2008 Martha Gelhorn award with Dahr Jamail, works for various press outlets including Inter Press Service and Washington Reports Mideast Affairs. He blogs at Rafah Today.

Jamal D’Janai the Peabody Award Winning Senior Director of Middle Eastern programming at Link TV. Plus a clip from the August 15th broadcast of Mosaic, a Link TV program featuring Arab voices from the Arab world.

Two award winning journalists discuss Israeli attacks on journalists assess the climate in Gaza and the Arab world, and look at news on Mosaic of plans by Israel to increase construction at the sacred Al Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock. The story was featured on Al Arabyia and aired on Mosaic August 14 2008.

As Mohammed Omer returned home from London in earlier this summer he must have felt a great sense of accomplishment. He was the youngest recipient ever in his early twenties. His work for various international press outlets has earned him respect among his peers and his emotional reports via the blog Rafah Today led people to nick name him, ‘voice for the voiceless’ an unofficial spokesperson for some 1.5 million people living in Gaza. (Story by John Pilger here)

But as Mohammed Omer tried to return home from London to Gaza he was detained by the Israeli Security Forces, and what happened next has caused an international outcry. He was stripped naked at gunpoint, interrogated, kicked and beaten for more than four hours then transferred to a hospital. He now faces surgery to repair nerve damage.

In April another Palestinian reporter was attacked and this time killed. Amnesty International said the 24-year-old Reuter’s camera man, Fadel Shanah was the victim of a targeted attack and another civilian taking no part in attacks on Israel’s forces. Israel has now said there will be no investigation.

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Israeli Human Rights seeks information about munitions used in targeting Fadel Shanah here 17 April 2008: Firing of Flechette shell that killed Reuters cameraman violates laws of war

“Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana’a was killed by a Flechette shell. This is the result of B’Tselem’s investigation, as well as the results of Shana’a’s autopsy, as reported in the media. B’Tselem demands that the Israeli Army’s Judge Advocate General order the immediate cessation of the use of this prohibited weapon in the Gaza Strip, and open a criminal investigation of the event.

The flechette shell is an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of small metal darts, which disperse in a conical arch three hundred meters long and about ninety meters wide. ” more says, “Circumstances in the Gaza Strip render the use of Flechette shells illegal. ”

Reuters cameraman Fadel Shanah films the Israeli troops shooting him. See video here

blog Fadel Shanah here

MSNBC coverage here

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