Grief and Anger: The killing of Shireen Abu Akleh and the Israeli assault on Palestinian press freedoms

2 min read
27 May, 2022

On this week's episode of The New Arab Voice, we're remembering the life of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

The renowned Al Jazeera journalist was shot dead as Israeli forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. It quickly became apparent that Shireen had been killed by Israel, and her name was added to the long list of Palestinian journalists who have been killed by Israel.

Her years of diligent work earned the respect of both other journalists and Palestinians.

This week, we speak with two of Shireen's close friends. Dailia Hatuqa (@DaliaHatuqa) and Nour Odeh (@nour_odeh) worked with Shireen and shared with us their memories of the intrepid journalist, and assess the impact that her work had on Palestine.

We also speak with Justin Shilad (@JShilad) from the Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) about what the killing of Shireen means for press freedoms in Palestine, and what can be done to protect press freedoms in the face of Israeli occupation. 

And then, we have the first of a two part report from Lyse Muvais (@lyse_mauvais).

Six months ago, 27 migrants drowned in the English Channel, attempting the dangerous crossing. Today, migrants are still trying to make the journey, and some are still dying. 

Lyse has been on the French border in Calais, speaking with the activists who are working tirelessly to document the details and numbers of migrants who died trying to reach the UK. 



This podcast is written and produced by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge). Theme music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). 

Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email