The first month of the Israel-Gaza war is now the deadliest month for journalists since CPJ began documenting journalist fatalities in 1992.
As of November 29, CPJ’s investigations showed at least 57 journalists and media workers were among more than 16,000 killed since the war began on October 7—with some 14,800 deaths in the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank and 1,200 in Israel. This deadly toll is coupled with harassment, detentions, and other reporting obstructions in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, and beyond.
Israeli forces have told news agencies that they cannot guarantee safety of journalists working in Gaza, where a truce began on Friday. Gaza has also experienced multiple communications blackouts and journalists are reporting disruptions to phone and internet connections, particularly in the north.
CPJ is investigating all reports of journalists and media workers killed, injured, detained or missing in the war. The results of these investigations, which are based on testimonies of CPJ sources in the region and media reports, are published here. It is unclear whether all journalists were covering the conflict at the time of their deaths, but CPJ has included them in our count as we investigate their circumstances. The list is being updated regularly.
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Aziz Orujov, director of the popular television channel Kanal 13, is the latest journalist to be detained in Azerbaijan following his arrest on Monday by eight police officers, seven of whom were wearing masks and confiscated his laptops, cell phone, and bank cards.
A court on Tuesday ordered Orujov—who was previously jailed in 2017—to be held in pre-trial detention for three months on charges of illegally building on land that was not registered in his name, a common practice in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, his lawyer Bahruz Bayramov told CPJ, adding that he believed the charges were prompted by Orujov’s journalism.
If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison under Azerbaijan’s criminal code.
“Hot on the heels of last week’s arrest of three journalists and media workers at the anti-corruption outlet Abzas Media, Azerbaijani authorities appear to be targeting yet another critical online news platform with the arrest of Aziz Orujov,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, in New York. “Azerbaijani authorities should release Orujov, drop the charges against him, and end their crackdown on the independent press.”
Last week, Abzas Media’s director, Ulvi Hasanli; chief editor, Sevinj Vagifgizi; and Hasanli’s assistant, Mahammad Kekalov, were detained for four months on charges of conspiring to bring money into the country unlawfully.
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