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October 23, 2023

 At least 18 Palestinian journalists have been killed in Gaza since October 7 – more than one per day – in a gross violation of international law.  
The most recent victim was Rushdi Sarraj, a young Palestinian photojournalist who was killed on Sunday when his home was bombed.  
Palestinian journalists have been bravely documenting the bombardment of Gaza over the last two weeks at great personal risk so that the world can witness the devastation being wrought on the civilian population there. With no foreign journalists allowed into the country since October 7, their dedication has provided a vital window into the unfolding crisis.  
They have continued to work despite facing the same threats and difficulties as the rest of Gaza’s 2.2 million inhabitants, wondering where they can find safety from continuous airstrikes, where they can find food or clean water to drink, unsure of whether they and their families will survive the day.

Under international humanitarian law, journalists are protected – as civilians – from deliberate and direct attack. ActionAid is calling for an immediate ceasefire now to protect them and all civilians in Gaza.  

Riham Jafari, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator at ActionAid Palestine, said:

“Palestinian journalists in Gaza put their lives at risk and continue their media coverage in Gaza despite continuous Israeli airstrikes, a lack of protection and safety, disrupted communications, and electricity cuts.  

“We appeal to the international community to immediately intervene to investigate the attacks on journalists and media properties in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Attacking journalists is a violation of the right to life and freedom of expression.  

“Journalists in Gaza are civilians, and they must be protected to continue their work without interference, to enable people around the world to know and understand the reality of humanitarian and political conditions in the Gaza Strip.” 


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