UN Security Council envoys to talk press dangers after Abu Akleh slaying

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

All 15 ambassadors on the UN Security Council will address an event later this afternoon on protecting journalists in light of the recent killing of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, a spokesman for Ireland’s UN mission tells The Times of Israel.

Abu Akleh was shot in the head during clashes that broke out between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin.

The event, organized by Ireland’s UN mission, is not focused solely on Israel and speakers will be highlighting the dangers of reporting worldwide, particularly in Afghanistan and Ukraine. However, the invite mentions Abu Akleh’s killing first. It is also the most recent death of those mentioned.

Palestinians visit the site where veteran Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed, in the West Bank city of Jenin, May 18, 2022. (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

The invite also highlights the killings of Afghan Ariana News anchor Mina Kairi and Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, which both took place since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last year.

The event is being chaired and moderated by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN Geraldine Byrne Nason. Several reporters and a UN official are slated to speak on the panel.

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