Both witnesses and victims: How journalists are covering the war in Gaza

Since Israel imposed a full blockade on Gaza on October 9, 2023, and restricted foreign media crews from entering, Palestinian journalists have made an essential contribution to the coverage of the conflict. They have been on the front lines, both as witnesses and victims.

We spoke to Sherif Mansour, the Middle East and North Africa program Coordinator, at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, non-profit organization promoting press freedom around the world. CPJ is actively looking into every instance of journalists and media workers being killed, injured, or reported missing during this conflict, marking it as the most lethal period for journalists since it started collecting data in 1992.

When our discussion was recorded, 83 journalists had already lost their lives. We discussed the deliberate targeting of the press in the besieged Gaza, the increase in arrests of journalists in the West Bank, and the urgent need for access to non-embedded international journalists.