Twitter user @DanielWickham93 received wide attention on January 11 when he pointed out case by case that the most prominent participants in the leaders’ photo op were themselves responsible for criminalization of conscience and suppression of journalists including jailing and killings. Israel killed 16 Palestinian journalists during its assault against Gaza in July-August 2014.
An organization called the Committee to Protect Journalists says that Turkey, a NATO member, has more journalists jailed than any other country.
Among those participating in the photo op were Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to France, the Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Shokri, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and current NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Canada was represented by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.