The war between Israel and Hamas has left at least 29 journalists murdered, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said this Friday.
“Over the past three weeks, CPJ has documented the deadliest period for war journalists since monitoring began in 1992,” the organization said in a statement, adding that “this death toll is accompanied by harassment, arrests and other obstructions to reporting in areas including the West Bank and Israel.”
As the ability of journalists to do their jobs becomes increasingly limited, “the public’s ability to know and understand what is happening in this conflict is severely compromised, with likely ramifications around the world,” he said. CPJ warned.
“As news bureaus lose contact with their teams and reporters in Gaza, who independently testify to provide information about the events and human cost of this war, the world is losing a window into the reality of all the parties involved in this conflict,” they have denounced.
“Journalists are civilians who must be protected and deliberately attacking journalists or media infrastructure constitutes possible war crimes,” said the CJP, adding that “in this dark hour,” they support journalists, to “those seekers of truth whose daily work keeps us informed with facts that shed light on the human condition and help hold power to account.”
Hamas militants killed more than 1,400 people and kidnapped at least 229 others during the October 7 attack. The Israeli response across Gaza has killed at least 7,300 people, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.