The move was also prompted by the Israeli army’s (IDF) refusal to allow reporters to enter the territory to cover the conflict in which some 1,100 people have been killed in the largest Israeli offensive ever launched on the Hamas-run enclave.
“The FPA rejects and condemns the IDF policy of controlling the news coverage of the events in Gaza,” said the group — which represents foreign media outlets in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including AFP.
“By preventing the entry of foreign journalists into Gaza and bombing buildings housing offices of international media — contrary to IDF assurances that these media buildings would be safe — the IDF is severely violating basic principles of respect for press freedom,” it said.
The group asked media outlets not to use any photos or video footage provided by the Israeli military until it issues a formal apology for the attacks and “offers assurances that no such event will occur in the future.”
The two cameramen, who worked for Abu Dhabi television, were wounded when an Israeli strike hit a building in Gaza City housing several international and Arab media outlets, witnesses and officials said.
Media outlets housed in the Al-Shuruq tower, located in the Rimal neighbourhood in the centre of Gaza City, include the Reuters news agency and television stations Fox, Sky and Al-Arabiya.
On January 2 Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to allow foreign reporters into the Gaza Strip, but no journalists have gone in amid disagreements between the FPA and the authorities.
Israel’s defence ministry sealed off Gaza when it launched an air offensive last Saturday. In recent days some journalists have been embedded with Israeli troops but none have been permitted to operate independently.