Sherine Abu Akleh: Freedom of the press is under attack – The Guardian

14 May 2022 02:57 GMT

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Sherine Abu Aqleh wears a jacket for journalists

The killing of journalist Sherine Abu Aqleh, new trade routes in Eurasia via Iran, and the living crisis of Dubai workers are among the most prominent issues covered by British newspapers.

We start with the Guardian newspaper, which commented on the killing of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, entitled “press freedom under attack.”

The killing of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the Arab world’s most famous female journalists – is not only a heartbreaking and heartbreaking blow to her friends and admirers, but also a deadly reminder that liberties in the Holy Land are under attack,” the Guardian said.

The newspaper described Israel’s response to its accusation of being responsible for the killing of Abu Aqila, which, according to the Guardian, claimed that the shooter was a Palestinian, noting that this claim fell quickly, after exposing the evidence of the (Israeli) army. And that Israel now says its forces may have shot Shirin “by mistake.”

Recalling the Guardian’s call on the European Union and the United States to open an investigation, she said it was “shameful” that British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss did not ask for it.

The newspaper stressed the need to open an investigation and hold the shooter accountable.

She pointed out that the Israeli army’s investigation itself, “will not gain the trust of the Palestinians or the world.” She recalled that “at least 47 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since 2000.”

She added that no one was held accountable in Israel for the killing of the journalists.

The Guardian indicated that the International Federation of Journalists, before the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh, submitted allegations to the court that “Israel’s targeting of the press may be described as war crimes.” She recalled Israel’s bombing of a building housing the media in Gaza in May last year.

She said that the disregard for international law in Israel is “a concern.”

The newspaper concluded by saying, “Israel is proud of being a democracy.” She said that journalists should be able to cover “the protests against the Israeli occupation, and document the actions of the Israeli army without risking their lives.”

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Will Iran become a corridor for transporting goods between Europe and Asia?

The Independent reporter Borzou Draghi has written about the emergence of modern trade routes that cut transport times between Europe, West Asia and the Middle East, from more than six weeks to less than six days, saving consumers and exporters shipping costs, insurance fees and refrigeration costs.

Draghi said that the truck routes, which were first launched last year by trucks traveling from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan to Turkey, pass through Iran, “increasing Tehran’s integration into the global economy, adding to its coffers and increasing its influence, despite years of Efforts by the United States to isolate it.

The writer talked about the opening of two transport corridors between the UAE and Pakistan to Turkey, without making much noise about it, late last year.

He said that this came at a time when the UAE and Saudi Arabia were communicating with Turkey, with the start of their rapprochement with Iran, after diplomatic relations were strained during the presidency of Donald Trump, according to Draghi.

“With the turmoil in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region due to the Russian invasion and the ongoing attack on Ukraine, Iran is also emerging as a seductive bridge between the landlocked countries of Central Asia and the rest of the world,” Draghi continued.

He said the methods had been started, but it was not yet clear to what extent.

He mentioned the transfer of an Emirati truck carrying transit papers that she obtained in return for paying $30, from Ras al-Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, to Sharjah, then by ferry to the Iranian port of Bandar bin Abbas, to then travel by land on the Iranian highway and the Turkish highway and reach the port of Iskenderun on the Mediterranean . Noting that the trip took 6 days instead of 21 days.

A Source in foreign relations at the European Council, who recently participated in a conference in Pakistan, was quoted as saying that they “have long hoped that Iran would become a more viable option with the lifting of secondary US sanctions, which would allow the use of more logistical routes through Iran and more investment in Iran.” Iranian port infrastructure.

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Workers in Dubai suffer from the cost of living crisis

We turn to the Financial Times and an investigation by its reporter Simeon Key, which deals with the suffering of Dubai workers in the United Arab Emirates, in light of the cost of living crisis.

The writer talks about the food delivery workers who stopped working and stayed in their places of residence, “where many people are crowded into apartments.”

Kerr says that delivery workers at the German company’s “Delivery Hero” unit organized an illegal strike, to protest their low wages, after “the high cost of living exacerbated the unrest among the poorest workers in the Gulf region, and it is a playground for some The richest people in the world,” according to the author.

The writer continues, saying that the outbreak of “rare industrial unrest in the Gulf state” comes with the rise in fuel prices since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He points out that this has reduced the salaries of riders who buy their own fuel. And with inflation rising on other products such as food, “standards of living are declining for workers who earn a living on meager salaries.”

The writer states that the strike by Talabat, which disrupted the application service in the country, comes after a strike this month in Dubai by employees of the rival operator, Deliveroo, which prompted the British-based company to abandon a scheme to cut salaries and extend hours. the work.

Kerr notes in his investigation in the Financial Times that strikes and union work are prohibited in the UAE, as the authorities are quick to eliminate any opposition, whether it is related to politics or economic conditions.

He adds that migrant workers form the backbone of Gulf economies from construction to retail, and most of them travel from South Asia with the aim of remitting money to their families.

The article is in Arabic

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