Editor’s Note: The following represents CPJ’s most recent and initial report on journalist fatalities in the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. A comprehensive account will be available once additional investigations into the circumstances surrounding these casualties are completed. For detailed information, please refer to our FAQ.
The Israel-Gaza conflict, triggered by Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 and Israel’s subsequent declaration of war on the militant Palestinian group, has had a devastating impact on journalists. CPJ is actively examining all instances of journalists and media personnel being killed, injured, or missing during the conflict, marking the deadliest period for journalists since CPJ began collecting data in 1992.
As of January 20, 2024, CPJ’s preliminary findings indicate that at least 83 journalists and media workers have lost their lives among the more than 25,000 casualties since the conflict’s commencement on October 7. This figure includes over 24,000 Palestinian fatalities in Gaza and the West Bank and 1,200 deaths in Israel.
Reuters and Agence France Press news agencies reported on October 27 that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could not assure the safety of their journalists operating in the Gaza Strip. This followed the agencies’ attempts to secure guarantees that their journalists would not be targeted by Israeli strikes.
Journalists in Gaza face significant risks, especially during the Israeli ground assault, contending with destructive Israeli airstrikes, disrupted communications, shortages of supplies, and prolonged power outages.
As of January 20:
- Confirmed deaths: 83 journalists and media workers (76 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, 3 Lebanese).
- Reported injuries: 16 journalists.
- Reported missing: 3 journalists.
- Reported arrests: 25 journalists.
- Numerous incidents of assaults, threats, cyberattacks, censorship, and killings of family members are under investigation.
CPJ is also actively looking into unconfirmed reports of additional journalists being killed, missing, detained, injured, or threatened. Investigations are ongoing regarding damage to media offices and journalists’ residences.
Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, emphasized, “Journalists are civilians performing crucial work during times of crisis and should not be targeted by warring parties.” Mansour acknowledged the significant sacrifices made by journalists across the region and underscored the unprecedented toll faced by those in Gaza.
The list provided includes names obtained from CPJ’s regional sources and media reports, encompassing all journalists engaged in news-gathering activities. While it remains unclear if all these journalists were covering the conflict at the time of their deaths, CPJ includes them in the count as investigations progress. The list is regularly updated.
Journalists and Media Workers: KILLED: January 14, 2024: Yazan al-Zuweidi
Al-Zuweidi, a 27-year-old Palestinian journalist and camera operator for Al-Ghad, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza while inspecting the aftermath of heavy bombing. He continued reporting on the war, filming from northern Gaza even when evacuation to Rafah became impossible.
January 11, 2024: Mohamed Jamal Sobhi Al-Thalathini
Al-Thalathini, a Palestinian journalist with Al-Quds Al-Youm broadcaster, died in an Israeli airstrike on his south Gaza home.
January 10, 2024: Ahmed Bdeir
Bdeir, a Palestinian journalist for Bawabat al-Hadaf, died in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis. He was in front of the journalists’ tent at the Aqsa Martyrs hospital gate.
January 7, 2024: Hamza Al Dahdouh
Al Dahdouh, a Palestinian journalist and Al-Jazeera camera operator, died in an Israeli drone strike along with freelance journalist Mustafa Thuraya while en route to an assignment in southern Gaza.
Thuraya, a Palestinian freelance videographer for AFP, died in the same Israeli drone strike.
January 5, 2024: Akram ElShafie
ElShafie, a 53-year-old Palestinian journalist for Safa, succumbed to injuries sustained on October 30 from an Israeli bullet. Safa reported that Israel declined the request to evacuate him from Gaza for medical treatment.
December 29, 2023: Jabr Abu Hadrous
Abu Hadrous, a Palestinian journalist with Quds Al-Youm, died in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Nuseirat refugee camp, northern Gaza, along with seven family members.
December 28, 2023: Mohamed Khaireddine
Khaireddine, a Palestinian journalist with Al-Aqsa TV, died in an Israeli airstrike on his family home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, along with 12 family members, including his nephew Ahmed Khaireddine.
Khaireddine, a Palestinian journalist and cameraman for Quds Al-Youm TV, died in the same airstrike. His brother, Basil, a reporter for Palestine Today, spoke about Ahmed’s desire for a day off and his tragic end.