France 24 fires Palestinian journalist Laila Odeh

Published March 12th, 2023 - 05:08 GMT
Palestinian journalist
Palestinian journalist Laila Odeh. (Twitter)

ALBAWABA - France 24 suspended prominent Palestinian journalist Laila Odeh and announced the decision to open an investigation on Monday over Odeh's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinian journalist was accused of incitement and anti-Semitism over social media posts shared by Odeh on her personal accounts.

Odeh, who speaks four languages_ namely Arabic, English, Hebrew and Russian _ was stopped by France 24 for using terms in her posts, such as "martyr" in reference to the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces.

The journalist also used the phrase "the lands of 1948" when referring to Palestine under the British mandate before Israel's creation. The channel considers that position contrary to its media policy in dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

A widespread support campaign was launched on social media, where Arab journalists and human rights defenders called for standing up for Odeh and condemned France 24's decision to sack her.

Some people went as far as calling for boycotting France 24, which Odeh joined in 2007.

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