At a November 19 funeral, Palestinians mourn local journalists Hassouneh Salim and Sari Mansour, killed in an Israeli airstrike in central Gaza on November 18. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

CPJ and more than 30 news organizations express solidarity with journalists in Gaza

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Today, the leaders of more than 30 news organizations worldwide signed an open letter—coordinated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) with the support of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)—affirming their solidarity with journalists reporting in Gaza.

“For nearly five months, journalists and media workers in Gaza—overwhelmingly, the sole source of on-the-ground reporting from within the Palestinian territory—have been working in unprecedented conditions,” the letter reads.

The signatories include outlets from Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

CPJ also joined 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 Lebanon on October 13, 2023. In the United States, more than two dozen House Democrats signed a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to protect press freedom in Gaza.

Global press freedom updates

  • Iraqi publisher survives assassination attempt in Baghdad
  • Iraqi Kurdish journalist Omed Baroshky charged with defamation over Facebook post
  • DRC journalist Lucien Lyenda attacked by armed forces while covering protest
  • DRC police detain journalist Masand Mafuta, slap him, seize equipment and money
  • Zimbabwe’s The NewsHawks freezes military story over fears for journalists’ safety
  • Indian journalist Jyotiranjan Mohapatra attacked with sword in Bhubaneswar
  • Pakistani journalist Asad Ali Toor arrested after responding to summons for questioning
  • Canadian journalist arrested, charged with obstruction while reporting
  • CPJ, others renew support for journalists in UK surveillance investigation


French journalist Antoine Galindo of Africa Intelligence
French journalist Antoine Galindo was detained in a hotel in the Ethiopia capital, Addis Ababa, while conducting an interview. (Photo: Indigo Publications)

On February 22, French journalist Antoine Galindo, who reports for the Paris-based privately owned news website Africa Intelligence, was detained by security forces in civilian clothing in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Galindo was taken into custody at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel while interviewing Bate Urgessa, a political officer with the Oromo Liberation Front, a party legally recognized in Ethiopia.

“The baseless and unjustified detention of Antoine Galindo for carrying out his legitimate journalistic duties is outrageous and Ethiopian authorities must release him immediately without condition,” said Angela Quintal, head of CPJ’s Africa program.

Read more about Galindo’s case.

Editor’s note: On February 29, 2023, Antoine Galindo was released and left Ethiopia.

Separately this week, following Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s publication of the cell phone number of The New York Times’ Mexico bureau chief’s Natalie Kitroeff during a press conference, foreign correspondents in Mexico signed a letter calling on the president to comply with the country’s Federal Data Protection Law.

Read more about this case.

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