Gaza war – Deadliest month for journalists

At least 48 killed and 3 missing, 43 are reported to be Palestinians

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Palestinians mourn local journalists Hassouna Sleem and Sary Mansour, who were killed in an Israeli strike on a house, at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip November 19, 2023. image credit: Creator Stringer-Reuters

The number of journalists who have lost their lives in the Israel-Hamas war has more than doubled since 20 October 2023, when Indian Printer and Publisher first noted the number of fatalities for its November issue.

According to the US-based non-profit, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), as of 19 November, its preliminary investigations showed at least 48 journalists and media workers are among the more than 13,000 fatalities since the war began on October 7. The death toll on 20 October was 21.

Of the 48 journalist and media person deaths, 43 are reported to be Palestinians, four are Israelis, and one Lebanese. Nine journalists were reported injured, three are missing and 13 are reported to be under arrest, mainly by the Israeli authorities so far. 

CPJ states on its website that it is investigating all reports of journalists and media workers killed, injured, or missing in the war, which has led to the deadliest month for journalists since the organization began gathering data in 1992.

The deadliest day of the war was its first day, October 7, with 6 journalists killed; the second-deadliest day for journalists was 18 November, with five killed, CPJ said.

Reuters and Agence France Press quoted The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as saying that it could not guarantee the safety of journalists operating in the Gaza Strip, CPJ reported.

CPJ emphasizes that journalists are civilians doing important work during times of crisis and must not be targeted by warring parties,” said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “Journalists across the region are making great sacrifices to cover this heart-breaking conflict. Those in Gaza, in particular, have paid, and continue to pay, an unprecedented toll and face exponential threats. Many have lost colleagues, families, and media facilities, and have fled seeking safety when there is no safe haven or exit.”

Journalists killed, as reported by CPJ quoting different sources

November 19, 2023

Bilal Jadallah – Head of Press House, Palestine.

November 18, 2023

Sari Mansour – Director of Quds News Network. 

Hassouneh Salim – Palestinian freelance photojournalist.

Mostafa El Sawaf – Palestinian writer and analyst.

Amro Salah Abu Hayah – Palestinian media worker in Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV channel.

Mossab Ashour – Palestinian photographer.

November 13, 2023

Ahmed Fatima – Photographer of Al Qahera News TV, Egypt.

Yaacoub Al-Barsh – Executive director of Namaa Radio.

November 10, 2023

Ahmed Al-Qara – Photojournalist with Al-Aqsa University.

November 7, 2023

Yahya Abu Manih – Journalist with Al-Aqsa radio channel.

Mohamed Abu Hassira – Journalist for Palestinian Authority-run Wafa news agency.

November 5, 2023

Mohamed Al Jaja – Media worker at Press House-Palestine.

November 2, 2023

Mohammed Abu Hatab – Correspondent for Palestine TV.

November 1, 2023

Majd Fadl Arandas – Member of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

Iyad Matar – Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV.

October 31, 2023

Imad Al-Wahidi – Palestine TV channel.

Majed Kashko – Office director of Palestine TV channel.

October 30, 2023

Nazmi Al-Nadim – Deputy director of Palestine TV.

October 27, 2023

Yasser Abu Namous – Al-Sahel media organization.

October 26, 2023

Duaa Sharaf – Host for Hamas-affiliated Radio Al-Aqsa.

October 25, 2023

Saed Al-Halabi – Al-Aqsa TV.

Ahmed Abu Mhadi – Al-Aqsa TV.

Salma Mkhaimer – Freelance journalist.

October 23, 2023

Mohammed Imad Labad – Al Resalah news website.

October 22, 2023

Roshdi Sarraj – Co-founder of Ain Media.

October 20, 2023

Roee Idan – Photographer for Israeli newspaper Ynet.

Mohammed Ali – Al-Shabab Radio (Youth Radio).

October 19, 2023

Khalil Abu Aathra – Videographer for Al-Aqsa TV.

October 18, 2023

Sameeh Al-Nady – Director for Al-Aqsa TV.

October 17, 2023

Mohammad Balousha – Palestine Today.

Issam Bhar – Al-Aqsa TV.

October 16, 2023

Abdulhadi Habib – Al-Manara News Agency and HQ News Agency.

October 14, 2023

Yousef Maher Dawas – Contributing writer for Palestine Chronicle.

October 13, 2023

Salam Mema – Freelance journalist.

Husam Mubarak – Al Aqsa Radio

Issam Abdallah — Beirut-based videographer for Reuters.

October 12, 2023

Ahmed Shehab – Sowt Al-Asra Radio.

October 11, 2023

Mohamed Fayez Abu Matar – Freelance photojournalist

October 10, 2023

Saeed al-Taweel – Editor-in-chief of Al-Khamsa News website.

Mohammed Sobh – Photographer from Khabar news agency.

Hisham Alnwajha – Khabar news agency.

October 8, 2023

Assaad Shamlakh – Freelance journalist.

October 7, 2023

Shai Regev – An editor for Hebrew daily TMI.

Ayelet Arnin – Israel Broadcasting Corporation Kan.

Yaniv Zohar – Israeli photographer.

Mohammad Al-Salhi – Photojournalist for Fourth Authority news agency.

Mohammad Jarghoun – Smart Media.

Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi – Photographer for Ain Media.

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