Palestinians in Gaza held a stand in solidarity with journalists dismissed by German media institution Deutsche Welle after being accused of anti-Semitism.
Scores of journalists and representatives of media organisations, government and legal professions took part in the event which was organised by the Palestinian Media Forum.
The participants in the vigil carried banners of solidarity with the journalists who had been dismissed, and called for them to be reinstated and for DW to end its biased policy towards Israel.
The head of the Government Information Office, Salama Maarouf, expressing solidarity with Palestinian, Maram Salem and Jordanian, Farah Maraqa, who were dismissed from Deutsche Welle, and condemned their arbitrary dismissal. This, he said, was not professional, objective or according to media standards. Salem and Maraqa were both dismissed last week because of previous online posts in which they showed solidarity with the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The director general of the German network, Peter Limburg, announced that five Arab journalists had been dismissed, after a two-month investigation, accusing them of “anti-Semitism”. He said investigations were continuing against eight others.