Journalists killed in 2023
Tragic goodbyes: Services for some of the 72 Palestinian journalists killed in 2023 (clockwise from top left): Hamza Al Dahdouh, mourned by his father, Jazeera’s Wael Al Dahdouh, Mohammed Soboh and Saeed al-Taweel, Hassouneh Salim and Sari Mansour, Mohammed Abu Hatab, and Al-Jazeera’s Samer Abu Daqqa. (Photos-clockwise from top left: AP, Reuters, AFP, Reuters, Reuters)
More than three quarters of the 99 journalists and media workers killed worldwide in 2023 died in the Israel-Gaza war, the majority of them Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, a new CPJ report has found. The conflict claimed the lives of more journalists in three months than have ever been killed in a single country over an entire year.
Investigating the circumstances of these war-related deaths – which included three Lebanese and two Israeli journalists – was particularly challenging, not only because of the large number of killings in a short time, but also because many journalist victims’ families were killed along with them in Gaza and colleagues had died or fled.
“Journalists in Gaza are bearing witness on the frontlines,” said CPJ Chief Executive Officer Jodie Ginsberg. “The immense loss suffered by Palestinian journalists in this war will have long-term impacts for journalism not just in the Palestinian territories but for the region and beyond. Every journalist killed is a further blow to our understanding of the world.”
Once the deaths in Gaza, Israel, and Lebanon were excluded, the global number of 2023 journalist killings dropped markedly compared to 2022, but CPJ’s analysis of the data found that this was not an indication that journalism has become safer in other parts of the world.
More about CPJ’s report
Database: Journalists killed in 2023
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Interactive map: Attacks on the Press in 2023
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Hamza Al Dahdouh
Al-Jazeera, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Francisco Javier Ramírez
Channel 24 Danlí, Honduras
Samer Abu Daqqa
Al-Jazeera Arabic, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Ponto por Ponto, Mozambique
Rabih Al Maamari
Al-Mayadeen TV, Lebanon
Al-Mayadeen TV, Lebanon