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Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war

Editor’s note: The list below is CPJ’s most complete account of journalist deaths in the war. Our database will not reflect many of these casualties until we have fully investigated the circumstances surrounding them. For more information, read our FAQ. The Israel-Gaza war has taken a severe toll on journalists since Hamas launched its unprecedented attack against…

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CPJ calls for accountability after reports find Israel likely targeted journalists in Lebanon

New York, December 7, 2023 — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes Thursday’s release of reports by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse (AFP) into the deadly October 13 strike on journalists in southern Lebanon, and reiterates its call for an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation that holds the perpetrators to…

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Abdoul Aziz Djibrilla, a presenter with Radio Naata, was killed by unidentified gunmen while travelling by road in northeastern Mali on November 7, 2023.

In Mali, 1 journalist killed, 1 injured, 2 kidnapped by unidentified gunmen

Dakar, December 5, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed and saddened by an attack on four journalists in northeastern Mali by unidentified gunmen last month, in which one journalist was killed, a second injured, and two were kidnapped. On November 7, the attackers fired on the journalists’ vehicle between the eastern town of Ansongo…

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CPJ welcomes conviction of death squad driver in murder of Gambian editor Deyda Hydara

Durban, November 30, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Thursday’s conviction in Germany of a member of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s death squad for the 2004 murder of Gambian editor Deyda Hydara. “The German court’s conviction and sentencing to life imprisonment of death squad driver Bai Lowe is an important first step for the…

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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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CPJ pays tribute to slain Palestinian press freedom defender Bilal Jadallah

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2023 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the killing of Palestinian journalist and press freedom defender Bilal Jadallah, a previous contributor to CPJ’s work, and reiterates its call for the protection of journalists working tirelessly and at enormous risk to cover the Israel-Gaza war.   On Sunday, Jadallah,…

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A man in a crowd holds up a placard with a photograph of slain journalist Hrant Dink at a demonstration to mark the 16th anniversary of his murder in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 19, 2023.

Killer of journalist Hrant Dink freed in Turkey amid widespread criticism

Istanbul, November 17, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Turkish authorities to heed the calls by the family of murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink for full justice, following the release of his killer from prison. In 2007, 17-year-old Ogün Samast assassinated Dink, the prominent managing editor of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, outside his newspaper’s…

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CPJ expresses grave concern over 4th communications blackout in Gaza

Update: Communications in Gaza were partially restored over the weekend after a limited amount of fuel was allowed into the region to power generators. Journalists are still reporting to CPJ that they are having difficulty with communications. New York, November 16, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is highly alarmed by widespread reports of a communications blackout…

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FAQ: How CPJ documents journalist deaths in the war

How many journalists have died since the Israel-Gaza war began on October 7? Dozens have died; see an updated list here. How do these numbers compare to prior conflicts? There have been more journalists killed in the first month of the Israel-Gaza war than in any other similar period of conflict since CPJ started recording such deaths in 1992….

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People call for the protection of media workers at a rally following the killing of Filipino radio journalist Percival Mabasa, in Quezon City, Philippines, on October 4, 2022.

Filipino radio journalist Juan Jumalon shot dead while live broadcasting

Bangkok, November 6, 2023—Philippine authorities must launch a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of radio journalist Juan Jumalon, determine if he was targeted for his work, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On Sunday morning, an assailant entered Jumalon’s home-based radio station pretending to be a listener and shot him twice during his…

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