Gaza bureau has been hosting a 4-day journalism training course to honour the memory of Fadel Shana, Reuters cameraman killed in Gaza last year

Published November 16th, 2009 - 08:57 GMT

In an effort to improve the safety and skills of young camera crews
reporting from the Gaza Strip, Reuters Gaza bureau has been hosting a 4-day
journalism training course to honour the memory of Fadel Shana, Reuters
cameraman killed by Israeli tank fire while filming in Gaza last year.

 

The course, which concludes on Thursday, has trained 20 Palestinian
journalists in TV production, with a special emphasis on safety and ethics
in conflict zones.  Led by Reuters senior television producer Ahmed Assar,
Reuters senior correspondent Tom Perry and paramedics of the Palestinian Red
Crescent in Gaza, the course has provided sessions on news filming and
editing, the ethics of journalism in a changing media environment, and
critical first aid training including the treatment of gunshot and blast
wounds.

 

Reuters Bureau Chief in Israel and Palestinian territories Alastair
Macdonald said: “Fadel was killed doing a job to which he was dedicated and
to which he brought immense talent and promise.  To honour his memory and to
improve opportunities for young Palestinian journalists who would wish to
follow his example, we are delighted to be able to provide this training.”

 

"This has come at the right time, following our experience of filming a war
in Gaza this year," said one of the participants, 34-year-old Mahmoud
al-Ajrami, a cameraman for the MediaGroup company which provides film to
more that two dozen international broadcasters.  "It has refined our
skills."

 

Fadel Shana was 24 when he was killed by an Israeli tank while filming on
April 16, 2008.  In August of 2008, Israeli forces ruled that its soldiers
were justified in opening fire without warning, since they believed Shana's
tripod-mounted camera might be a weapon.  Reuters has continued to contest
this conclusion.


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