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Shireen Abu Aqla: UN Condemns Killing Of Al Jazeera Reporter


According to BBC report, The UN Security Council has condemned the killing of veteran Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqla and called for an immediate probe into her death.

The move followed outcry on Friday after Israeli police hit mourners at Abu Aqla’s funeral. Police said they acted after being pelted with stones.

Abu Aqla, 51, was shot dead while covering an Israeli military raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

Her death has caused a surge of anger.

In a statement released on Friday, the Security Council said its members called for “an immediate, thorough, transparent, and fair and impartial investigation into the killing, and stressed the need to ensure accountability.”

Though the statement showed a rare case of Security Council unity on an issue related to Israel, reports quoting diplomatic sources said there were difficult negotiations over the text’s contents.

China succeeded in pushing the US to get rid of paragraphs denouncing abuses committed against the media globally, defending their freedom and urging their protection while covering military operations, news agency AFP reported. Instead the text said that “journalists should be protected as civilians.”

During Abu Aqla’s funeral on Friday, her coffin almost fell as police, some using batons, waded into a crowd of Palestinians gathered around it.

Footage showed a standoff between police and Palestinians gathered around the coffin in a hospital compound, before officers pushed the crowd back, with some beating and kicking mourners. Police said officers “were forced to use riot dispersal means”.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply disturbed” by the confrontations between Israeli security forces and Palestinians and the behaviour of some police.

Mr Guterres also said he was “moved by the outpouring of sympathy from the thousands of Palestinian mourners over the past two days,” which he said was a “testament” to Abu Aqla’s work and life.

Abu Aqla, a 51-year-old Palestinian American, was a veteran correspondent for Al Jazeera’s Arabic news channel and had reported on the Israel-Palestinian conflict for two decades.

A preliminary report by the Palestinian public prosecution service said the sole source of gunfire that killed the journalist on Wednesday was from Israeli forces, which were conducting a raid in the city of Jenin.

Palestinian authorities have already described her death as an assassination by Israel, which for its part has said that it remains unclear whether she died from Israeli or Palestinian fire.

An Israeli military interim report on Thursday said the fatal shot could have come from “massive fire from Palestinian gunmen”, or possibly from “a few bullets” fired by a soldier “at a terrorist who was firing at his vehicle”.

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New Family Fame Reality Show Unveiled For Nigerian TVs

To create a bond among family members, a new reality show, Family Fame, has been unveiled for Nigerian TVs.

The new television game show, tagged: “Family Fame,” which is set to hit major Nigerian television stations, will focus on family values, provide pleasure to viewers, among others.

At the unveiling of the pre-corded family show in Lagos on Sunday, the Chief Executive Officer, Auxilia Media, Olufunke Fajusigbe, said the Family Fame show was a display of the media group’s commitment to ensuring that Nigerians are afforded the opportunities to enjoy the best content in family unity.

She further said the show, to be aired weekly, was tailored fit for Nigerian households and designed to promote family unity, adding “This is one of many to start a long-lasting, all-year-long family entertainment.”

According to her: “What makes a Nigerian family unique is the value. Everything is pulling families away and we feel that we need to do something to ensure the family is brought back together. Anything that will bring the families together will be a good venture economically and.mentally.”

The Family Game Show, which is a 52- week long reality show with comedy, entertainment and other features, will feature two families weekly, composing of five members each, going head to head to guess the most popular responses to a series of survey questions answered by the people.

She disclosed that cash prices to be won at the show range from N400,000 to N2 million.

Fasujigbe also disclosed that due to the great deal of values, pure entertainment, fun and originality the show offers, it is different from other reality shows.

“There is a talent part of it where people show their talents.This is why it is very unique. It’s not going to be swallowed up by other reality shows. We have got that space to showcase what we do. It’s very relaxing.”

The Family Fame Show, which is scheduled to air on African Magic on Sundays at 6:30pm and Wazobia TV on Saturdays at 7:30pm, is anchored by one of Nigeria’s foremost comedians, Seyi Lawrence known as Seyi Law.

The simplicity of the Family Fame allows both nuclear and extended families to participate in the game show irrespective of their educational background or knowledge.

The show, produced by an emerging African Media content creation and distribution hub in Lagos, is committed to producing and distributing family-based comedy television shows and edutainment contents, focus on the commodities of the Nigerian family experience to create unlimited and unique opportunities to engage many people across cultures and borders. The show is sponsored by O3 Capital and Macvities

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