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Stockholm: Skyline International strongly condemns the recent actions taken by the BBC against journalist Nabil and calls for the protection of freedom of expression.

In a recent development, the board of the Journalists Syndicate has expressed unwavering support for Nabil, a seasoned journalist with a decade of experience at the BBC and a member of the syndicate. Nabil has been suspended and subjected to investigation by the BBC for allegedly violating the organization's social media rules by endorsing anti-Israeli content on the platform X.

Skyline International views this investigation as an attack on Arab journalists and a continuation of the oppression faced by Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli army. The organization emphasizes the importance of upholding the right to freedom of expression, a fundamental human right that must be protected and respected.

According to Nabil's legal representatives, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the BBC has accused their client of antisemitism. However, Skyline International urges caution against such accusations and emphasizes the need for a fair and transparent investigation process.

The Syndicate's board has highlighted the selective enforcement of the BBC's rules, noting that journalists expressing pro-Israel sentiments on social media have not faced similar repercussions. Skyline International echoes this concern and calls for consistency and fairness in the application of rules and regulations within media organizations.

Furthermore, Skyline International stresses the importance of prior notification to the syndicate before initiating investigations involving Nabil or any other journalists. Any actions taken without proper notification are deemed unlawful, and Skyline International calls for appropriate legal recourse by the Syndicate.

Since October 7th, Skyline International has observed a concerning trend at the BBC, with several anchors promoting the Israeli narrative and casting doubt on the credibility of commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. This implicit endorsement of Tel Aviv's objectives in its conflict with Palestinians in Gaza has been met with criticism from many media professionals.

The disciplinary action against Nabil marks the second instance in which the BBC has targeted its personnel for expressing solidarity with the Palestinian cause since October 7th. Skyline International denounces such actions and urges media organizations to uphold principles of freedom of expression and journalistic integrity.

In conclusion, Skyline International calls for an end to the investigation against Nabil and for the protection of journalists' rights to freedom of expression. The organization reaffirms its commitment to defending journalists worldwide and standing against any attempts to suppress their voices.