The European Union strongly condemns the killing of Palestinian-American journalist of Al-Jazeera, Shireen Abu Akleh, in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. Our condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues. Another journalist, Ali Al Samoud, has been wounded.
It is essential that a thorough, independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice. It is unacceptable to target journalists while they perform their job. Journalists covering conflict situations must be ensured safety and protection at all times.
The European Union stands in solidarity with journalists and will continue to support their fundamental work, in particular while covering conflicts. Just days after the World Press Freedom Day, the European Union recalls the crucial role played by journalists, media workers and free and independent media.