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Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war

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

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, shown here attending a court hearing in Kazan, Russia on May 31, 2024, was sentenced by a Russian court on July 19, 2024, to six-and-a-half years in prison on charges of spreading ‘fake’ news about the Russian army. (Reuters/Alexey Nasyrov)

US-Russian journalist Alsu Kurmasheva sentenced to 6.5 years in secret trial

New York, July 22, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns Friday’s sentencing of U.S.-Russian journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six-and-a-half years in prison on charges of spreading “fake” news about the Russian army. “Russia’s appalling assault on the media continues to escalate with the secret sentencing of Alsu Kurmasheva,” said CPJ Director of Advocacy and Communications Gypsy…

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An Afghan boy selling eggs in Kabul on June 3.

Taliban intelligence agents detain culture journalist Sayed Rahim Saeedi

New York, July 22, 2024—Afghan authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Sayed Rahim Saeedi, who was detained by the Taliban’s General Directorate of Intelligence agents in the capital Kabul on July 14, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. Saeedi, an editor and producer with ANAR Media YouTube channel, was detained along with Sayed…

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Al-Jazeera journalist Wael Al Dahdouh holds the hand of his son Hamza, who also worked for Al-Jazeera and who was killed in an Israeli strike in southern Gaza on January 7, 2024.

Photos: Israel-Gaza war takes unprecedented toll on journalists

The Israel-Gaza war has been devastating for civilians, including journalists covering the conflict. While a few conflicts have taken the lives of hundreds of journalists over a period of years, no other war has taken so many journalists’ lives in such a short time span, according to CPJ data that has been gathered since 1992. Here…

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Libyan journalist Ahmed al-Sanussi speaking on Wasat TV.

Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after corruption report

New York, July 12, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate and safe release of Libyan television host Ahmed al-Sanussi who was arrested in the capital Tripoli on Thursday. “CPJ strongly denounces the arrest of Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi. It is unacceptable that authorities have not disclosed where he is being held…

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Toplum TV founder Alasgar Mammadli (second from right), enters Baku's Khatai District Court for a hearing on July 3, 2024. Mammadli is one of 11 Azerbaijani journalists held in pretrial detention on charges of currency smuggling. (Photo: Farid Ismayilov)

Azerbaijan extends pretrial detentions of journalists facing currency charges

Stockholm, July 11, 2024 – Azerbaijani authorities have extended the pretrial detentions of 11 journalists in recent weeks as part of an ongoing crackdown on the country’s few remaining independent media outlets. The journalists are among 13 media workers from four independent outlets charged since November with currency smuggling related to alleged receipt of Western…

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Palestinian journalist and podcast presenter Hatem al-Najjar, who has been detained since January of this year, is sieen in an image of his podcast, Muraba. (Screengrab: YouTube/Muraba)

CPJ, 4 others urge Saudi authorities to release detained podcaster, other content creators

On July 10, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined four human rights organizations in urging Saudi authorities to immediately release various Saudi content creators and journalists, including Palestinian journalist and podcast presenter Hatem al-Najjar, who has been detained since January of this year. Al-Najjar is the host of the popular podcast “Muraba” (Square) on Thmanyah, a…

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Gabriel Idibia told CPJ he recieved medical care at a local hospital after he was punched by a police officer on his left eye on June 11 in Kaduna, the capital city of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State. (Photo: Gabriel Idibia)

Nigeria police arrest, detain, assault journalist Gabriel Idibia while in custody

On June 11, police officers in Kaduna, the capital city of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State, arrested Gabriel Idibia, a correspondent and freelancer with the privately owned Daily Times and Daybreak Nigeria news sites, while he was taking photos of the officers guiding a large group of cattle across a road, according media reports, Idibia and Daybreak Nigeria publisher Austin Maho, who both spoke to CPJ.  Idibia…

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On April 26, freelance journalist José Luis Tan Estrada was arrested in the Cuban capital of Havana and has since been detained in the Villa Marista prison. (Photo: Provided by Yucabyte)

Cuban police detain, threaten journalist José Luis Tan Estrada ahead of July 11 anniversary

Miami, July 9, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Cuban authorities to allow the media to report freely on July 11 demonstrations, following threats made against independent journalist José Luis Tan Estrada to deter him from covering the anniversary of the massive 2021 protests. Tan Estrada said on Facebook that he was in a…

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A collection of newspapers spread on a table.

Algerian authorities detain 2 journalists over news report

New York, July 5, 2024—Algerian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalists Omar Ferhat and Sofiane Ghirous, drop all charges against them, and stop arresting journalists for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Algerian authorities arrested Ferhat, director of local independent news website Algeria Scoop, and Ghirous, the outlet’s editor-in-chief, in the…

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