Middle East & North Africa

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Program Coordinator:
Sherif Mansour

Tel: +1 212-300-9018, +1 212-300-9017
Fax: +1 212-214-0640

Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center
P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108 USA

  
Al-Jazeera journalist Wael Al Dahdouh (center) attends the January 7, 2024, funeral of his son, Palestinian journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh.

Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war

Editor’s notes: The list below is CPJ’s most recent and preliminary account of journalist deaths in the war. Our database will not include all of these casualties until we have completed further investigations into the circumstances surrounding them. For more information, read our FAQ. The Israel-Gaza war has taken a severe toll on journalists since…

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Attacks, arrests, threats, censorship: The high risks of reporting the Israel-Gaza war

Since the Israel-Gaza war began on October 7, journalists and media across the region have faced a hostile environment that has made reporting on the war exceptionally challenging.   In addition to documenting the growing tally of journalists killed and injured, CPJ’s research has found multiple kinds of incidents of journalists being targeted while carrying out…

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Iraqi journalist Omed Baroshky speaks to media after his release on bail on February 22, 2024.

Iraqi Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky charged with defamation over Facebook post

Three police officers arrested Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky from his home in the northwestern city of Duhok at around midday on February 22, 2024, on charges of defamation, the journalist and his lawyer Revving Hruri told CPJ. Baroshky was released from the city’s Zirka prison at around 10 p.m. on bail of 3 million dinars…

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CPJ joins calls to UN to push for accountability in murder of Lebanese video journalist Issam Abdallah

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a combined 120 people and entities, including victims and their families, media outlets, press freedom groups, and human rights groups, in two letters calling on the United Nations to help provide accountability in the murder of Reuters video journalist Issam Abdallah, who was killed by Israeli forces in south…

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Iraqi publisher survives assassination attempt in Baghdad

Beirut, February 26, 2024—An unknown number of armed and masked individuals in two trucks fired at least 17 times on the car of prominent Iraqi publisher and politician Fakhri Karim on Thursday before fleeing, according to multiple media reports and Facebook statements by his outlet. The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday urged Iraqi authorities…

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Four Iranian journalists detained after newsroom raid, detention of 30 employees

Washington, D.C., February 13, 2024—Iranian authorities must immediately release four journalists from the FardayeEghtesad news site who have been detained since February 5, drop any charges against them, and answer for the raid on their outlet and mass detention of 30 staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Around 2 p.m. on February 5,…

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Al-Jazeera journalist Ismail Abu Omar receives treatment in a hospital (left) after being severely injured (right) by an Israeli drone strike while reporting near the city of Rafah in southern Gaza on February 13, 2024.

Al-Jazeera reporter, cameraman, critically injured by Israeli drone strike in Rafah

Beirut, February 13, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply alarmed by an Israeli drone strike in Gaza that seriously injured two Al-Jazeera journalists near the southern city of Rafah on Tuesday and calls for an independent investigation into whether the reporters were targeted. Al-Jazeera Arabic reporter Ismail Abu Omar and freelance camera operator and…

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Iranian reporter Mehdi Afshar-Nik held incommunicado since January 31

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2024—Iranian authorities should immediately release investigative journalist Mehdi Afshar-Nik, whose whereabouts remain unknown since his arrest, and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Around midnight on January 31, two plain-clothed agents of the Iranian security forces raided Afshar-Nik’s home, ransacked his apartment, confiscated his personal…

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A view of Iran's capital, Tehran, with the snow-covered Alborz mountain range in the background on February 5, 2024.

Iranian journalist Nasrin Hassani begins 7-month prison sentence

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2024—Iranian authorities must release journalist Nasrin Hassani from prison immediately and cease jailing members of the press for doing their jobs by reporting on events of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.  On Sunday, Hassani, a reporter for the state-run local newspaper Etefaghyeh, and editor-in-chief of the social…

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A destroyed military vehicle in Khartoum, Sudan, on April 20, 2023.

CPJ alarmed by extended communications blackout in Sudan

New York, February 5, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports of an ongoing communications blackout across most of Sudan since Friday and urgently calls for an immediate restoration of telecoms and internet networks across the country, where a nearly 10-month conflict has displaced millions. Since February 2, mobile and internet services provided…

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