The International Eurasia Press Fund and the president of the organisation, Umud Mirzayev, have condemned the killing of Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh.
Umud Mirzayev reiterated the importance of ensuring the protection of journalists around the world to prevent these incidents.
"We share the case of the murder of our colleague. This is very painful for us. Al-Jazeera is one of the world's leading broadcasters of objective information. The murder of its staffe is a shadow over the truth. We strongly protest and condemn this. Although there are legal grounds for protecting the safety of journalists, the tragedies show once again that this is still not enough to solve the problem in a reasonable way. In 2021, 45 journalists and media workers in 20 countries have been killed in incidents while fulfilling their professional duties. The International Federation of Journalists (IJF) said in an annual report that 33 journalists had been killed in targeted attacks. As a result, the number of journalists killed since 1991 has been about 2,800.
Many journalists have been killed in Azerbaijan during the first and second Karabakh wars, as well as after the end of the conflict as a result of a mine explosion. In order to prevent this, along with civil society, the unanimous opinion of states on issues such as the safe organisation of the activities of journalists, the elimination of impunity is very important. On the other hand, strengthening the application of generally accepted principles for journalists, opening a special corridor for journalists in conflict zones, and providing them with professional training on humanitarian crisis and conflict coverage should also be seriously considered.
Al-Jazeera and the International Eurasia Press Fund have a 10-year partnership. On March 30 this year, a cooperation agreement was signed between the two organisations, which will formalise and further expand long-term relations. The two partner organisations have always shown solidarity in ensuring freedom of speech and protecting human rights.
Taking into account the above-mentioned incident, it is necessary to ensure the safety of journalists working in conflict zones ...
In turn, I express my deepest condolences and patience to the family and relatives of Shireen Abu Agleh, the victim of the incident. "
Abu Agleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian, was killed in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.