First month of Gaza war deadliest on record for journalists

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Dec 2023

The 39 journalists and media workers killed during the first month of Israel’s war on Gaza made it the deadliest month on record for the profession since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping records in 1992.

File Photo: Palestinians rally in the West Bank city of Nablus in support of journalists working in the Gaza Strip . AFP


A total of 63 journalists and media workers have been confirmed to have been killed in the war, including 56 Palestinians, four Israelis, and three Lebanese, according to the CPJ.

By comparison, a total of 68 journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in all of 2022, according to CPJ. That total includes deaths in conflicts around the world, and those due to dangerous assignments, targeted killings, and crossfire.

The deadliest year on record was 2007, in which 113 journalists and media workers were killed, according to the CPJ's database. 

These killings are among the more than 16,000 Palestinians killed since the war began – with more than 15,800 Palestinian deaths in Gaza and 260 in the West Bank.

The deadliest day of the war for journalists was the first day, 7 October, with six journalists killed; the second-deadliest day was 18 November, when five were killed. 

Also, "11 journalists were injured, three journalists missing, and 19 journalists arrested," the CPJ said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit, says the majority of Gaza journalist casualties since the start of the war were killed while doing their jobs.

The three Lebanese journalists were killed while on duty in Lebanon on the Israeli border, in what their respective organizations believe were targeted attacks. 

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