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Israeli troops detain AP photographer

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm •  Published: February 10, 2013
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Another journalist said the soldiers, when asked for the standard document declaring an area closed, did not produce it.

John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president and senior managing editor for international news, called on the government to investigate the incident.

"We see no reason to forcibly detain a properly accredited news photographer doing his work," Daniszewski said in a statement. "Further, we cannot excuse the harsh treatment after his detention. We call on the government to investigate thoroughly and take appropriate steps so that such incidents will not be repeated in the future."

The Foreign Press Association, which represents international news organizations covering Israel and the Palestinian territories, condemned the violence and called for an investigation.

"This is the latest in a string of incidents involving heavy-handed tactics against journalists who were merely trying to do their jobs," the association said in a statement.

The statement said there have been 10 times in the past year where Israeli forces allegedly used unnecessary force against journalists. The association said just two of the cases were being formally investigated, but the probes remain open.