Journalists Call for Joint Efforts Supporting Palestine

Istanbul, MINA – Journalists from around 60 countries are calling for joint efforts to clear up misunderstandings about the Palestinian struggle and defend Palestinians for living under Israeli occupation.

“As a journalist, one of my tasks is to present the news and defend Palestinian cause,” Martin Lejeune, a German journalist, told Anadolu Agency (AA) as quoted by MINA on Monday.

He said Israeli invaders are trying to change the real cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. According to him, defending the Palestinian struggle for a journalist can be achieved by conducting accurate journalism and telling the truth.

“There is no time to lose because of making accurate coverage of Palestine; people die every day and suffer because of the Israeli occupation, “Lejeune said.

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He gave an example of distorted facts when covering the Palestinian issue, Lejeune cited the use of the term “border” when covering Palestinian protests in Gaza against decades of Israeli occupation.

“World media uses the term border when covering weekly protests in Gaza, but in reality, there are no borders; there are only security fences and checkpoints established by Israeli forces, “he said.

Since the end of March, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured by Israeli forces fire during anti-occupation protests near the Gaza security fence with Israel.

The German journalist is among hundreds of journalists, academics and writers from around 60 countries around the world who gathered in Istanbul on Saturday-Sunday (18-19/11) for a major conference on Palestine. One of the conference participants was MINA News Agency Rifa Berliana Arifin from Indonesia.

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The conference organized by the Palestinian International Forum for Media and Communication was based in Beirut, the two-day meeting aimed at raising global awareness about Palestine. Hundreds of journalists, academics and writers gathered in Istanbul to raise awareness of the world about Palestine.

Lejeune said his participation in the conference was aimed at increasing his journalistic skills regarding pro-Palestinian news coverage. (T/Sj/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)