Journalists Killed in 2002 - Motive Confirmed: Issam Tillawi

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2003
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Voice of Palestine
September 22, 2002, in Ramallah, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Tillawi, a journalist and program host for the official Palestinian Authority radio station Voice of Palestine (VOP), was killed after being shot in the head by Israeli gunfire during protests in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The incident occurred late in the evening around Ramallah's Manara Square.

According to Palestinian sources, Tillawi was both covering and participating in Palestinian demonstrations that had erupted there in protest of the Israeli army's siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters. Journalists and VOP officials said that Tillawi was equipped with a tape recorder and a jacket marked "press."

An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson was quoted as saying at the time that Tillawi was among the rioters and was not distinguishable as a reporter.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Human Rights
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Military Officials


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