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Israel-Gaza is the deadliest period for journalists CPJ count shows

The Israel-Gaza war has become the deadliest period for journalists covering conflict since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began documenting journalist fatalities in 1992. CPJ says at least 36 journalists and media workers are among an estimated 10,000 killed since the war began on October 7. 

”This deadly toll is coupled with harassment, detentions, and other reporting obstructions in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank, Israel, and beyond”, CPJ says. “And now that Israeli forces have begun their ground offensive into Gaza, they have told news agencies that they cannot guarantee safety of journalists working there.”

CPJ says it is unclear whether all journalists were covering the conflict at the time of their deaths, but CPJ has included them in the  count and is investigating their circumstances. 

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“Journalists in Gaza face particularly high risks as they try to cover the conflict in the face of an Israeli ground assault on Gaza City, devastating Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, and extensive power outages.”

CPJ report as of November 3:

  • 36 journalists and media workers were confirmed dead: 31 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 1 Lebanese.
  • 8 journalists were reported injured.
  • 3 journalists were reported missing.
  • 8 journalists were reported arrested.
  • Multiple assaults, threats, cyberattacks, censorship, and killings of family members.
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CPJ is also investigating numerous unconfirmed reports of other journalists being killed, missing, detained, hurt, or threatened, and of damage to media offices and journalists’ homes.

“CPJ emphasizes that journalists are civilians doing important work during times of crisis and must not be targeted by warring parties,” says Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator.

“Journalists across the region are making great sacrifices to cover this heart-breaking conflict. Those in Gaza, in particular, have paid, and continue to pay, an unprecedented toll and face exponential threats. Many have lost colleagues, families, and media facilities, and have fled seeking safety when there is no safe haven or exit.”

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