Since Hamas launched its unprecedented onslaught on Israel on October 7, Israel has declared war on the militant Palestinian group, commencing strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip. This conflict has cost the lives of numerous civilians, including journalists.
CPJ is reviewing all claims of reporters and media workers murdered, maimed, or missing as a result of the conflict, which has resulted in the deadliest month for reporters since CPJ began collecting data in 1992.
Preliminary Investigation about the journalists death
According to preliminary investigations conducted by the CPJ as of December 9, at least 63 journalists and media professionals were among the more than 18,000 people murdered since the conflict began on October 7—more than 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and 1,200 in Israel.
The first day of the war for reporter deaths was October 7, with six media personnel slain; the second-deadliest day was November 18, with five reporters killed.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told Reuters and Agence France Press news agencies on October 27 that it could not guarantee the safety of their journalists working in Gaza after they sought assurances that their reporters would not be targeted by Israeli strikes.
Journalists in Gaza face special dangers as they attempt to cover the battle during Israel’s ground assault, which includes catastrophic Israeli airstrikes, hampered communications, supply shortages, and widespread power outages.
Following the reports of December 9th, 2023, about 63 journalists and media workers have been confirmed dead, including 56 Palestinians, four Israelis, and three Lebanese. This included eleven reporters who were reported to have been hurt. Three reporters have gone missing, according to reports. According to reports, 19 reporters were detained.
The ongoing Israel-Hamas war has led to multiple assaults, threats, hacks, censorship, and family member murders. No one is left safe and secure from the wrath of this conflict, including journalists, media people, civilians, etc.
The world is waiting for a ceasefire between both Israel and Hamas so that the conflict that is damaging humans comes to an end.