Foreign Journalists Seek Access to Gaza

The board of the Foreign Press Association (FPA) is expected today to petition the High Court of Justice against the Israeli government's decision two weeks ago to prohibit the entry of journalists and association members into the Gaza Strip.

While the government has prevented foreign journalists from entering the area for these past two weeks, Israeli journalists have been barred from Gaza for two years.

Last week, the FPA released an open letter protesting the closure, which ran in news outlets across the world including The New York Times.

Last Wednesday, the organization sent an official letter of protest to the Prime Minister's Office, signed by 20 prominent foreign journalists, including ABC News president David Westin, BBC News director Helen Boaden and Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president and managing editor of CNN. The PMO has yet to respond to the letter.

The association is now trying to persuade the High Court to order the government to allow its 400 members to enter the Strip.