The media office of Gaza's government has strongly condemned the recent "targeting" of journalists Wael Dahdouh and Samer Abudaqa in Khan Younis, framing it as part of a broader campaign to intimidate journalists and obscure the harsh realities of the ongoing conflict.
Unprecedented Challenges for Media Workers
Tim Dawson, deputy general secretary at the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), spoke to Al Jazeera about the uniquely hazardous conditions facing journalists in Gaza.
“They have suffered the most extraordinary losses and they’re showing the most extraordinary bravery in continuing to do their work,” he said. Dawson described the conflict as “unlike any other” in recent history, particularly in terms of the deaths of media workers.The IFJ has expressed its deep shock over the injuries sustained by Dahdouh and Abudaqa, condemning the attack and insisting on the protection of journalists' lives. Dawson also highlighted the necessity for international institutions like the International Criminal Court to be prepared for the numerous cases arising from the conflict, emphasizing the importance of international law in protecting the rights and safety of everyone, including those in Palestine.
Alarming Statistics and Calls for Protection
According to figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), since October 7, at least 56 Palestinian, four Israeli, and three Lebanese journalists and media workers have been killed.
The CPJ report also notes that 11 journalists have been injured, three are missing, and 19 have been arrested. Journalists in the region have faced assaults, threats, cyberattacks, censorship, and even the loss of family members in attacks.
Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, emphasized that journalists are civilians engaged in crucial work during crises and should not be targeted.
“Journalists across the region are making great sacrifices to cover this heart-breaking conflict," Mansour said.
"Those in Gaza, in particular, have paid, and continue to pay, an unprecedented toll and face exponential threats."