(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)) raised concerns Monday over press safety following the attack against Israeli soldiers on Friday by a Palestinian posing as a journalist with fake press identification.
An IFJ statement noted that the incident occurred as a young Palestinian man mingled on Friday with journalists covering a clash between Palestinian civilians and Israeli troops in the city of Hebron in the West Bank.
Wearing a flash jacket and a T-shirt with a fake "press" logo, he approached a soldier and stabbed him before being shot dead. "The use of fake press identifications can seriously jeopardise our colleagues' safety on the ground by making fighters believe that media insignia are being used to mask their adversaries, thus making journalists a target" said Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary in a statement.
The Brussels-based IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 139 countries.