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24 US senators call on Biden to ensure full investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh's killing

Friday , 24 June 2022
Photo credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

On Thursday, June 23, 2022, 24 U.S. senators sent a letter to President Biden calling on his administration to protect press freedom and ensure direct U.S. involvement in the investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. “We believe that, as a leader in the effort to protect the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists, and given the fact that Ms. Abu Akleh was an American citizen, the U.S. government has an obligation to ensure that a comprehensive, impartial, and open investigation into her shooting death is conducted — one in which all parties can have full confidence in the ultimate findings,” the letter said.

Last month, 57 members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested that the State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launch an independent investigation into Abu Akleh’s death.

In the weeks after the killing, eye-witness accounts and in-depth reports by The Associated PressCNN, and investigative outlet Bellingcat suggested that the Israeli military fired the shot that took Abu Akleh’s life.

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