Artswatch reports on some of the events before, during and after the 14th May massacre in Gaza.
A chain of killings
Before the deaths of more than 60 people on 14th May, there were other killings, which took a heavy toll of media workers.
In the early hours of April 7, wrote Mariam Barghouti in AlJazeera, ‘we received a message that Palestinian photojournalist Yaser Murtaja had succumbed to his wounds in a hospital.’ He had been shot by Israeli snipers in Gaza a day earlier, on a day on which 28 others also died.
Just two days before his murder, Barghouti wrote, ‘Yaser messaged us to explain that he was working on a documentary on the Great March of Return. He never finished his documentary, never came home to his wife and two-year-old son and, instead of reporting news, he became the news.
The message came as a shock to us. His friends were in disbelief and those of us that never met Yaser but knew of him as a journalist comrade met the news with pain and a realisation that we are never truly safe. No press card, no shield can save us from murder. Continue reading