Gaza War Claims Lives of 42 Journalists, CPJ Reports

The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been one of the deadliest for journalists in recent history, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The CPJ said that at least 42 journalists and media workers have been killed since the war began on October 7, making it the most lethal month for journalists since the CPJ started keeping records in 1992.

Of the 42 fatalities, 37 were Palestinians, four were Israelis, and one was Lebanese. The CPJ said that most of the Palestinian journalists were killed by Israeli airstrikes, while the Israeli and Lebanese journalists were killed by rockets fired by Hamas or other militant groups.

The CPJ also said that dozens of journalists have been injured, detained, harassed, or prevented from covering the conflict by both sides. The CPJ called on Israel and Hamas to respect the rights of journalists and ensure their safety.

The war in Gaza has also sparked a wave of attacks on journalists and media outlets around the world, especially those perceived as pro-Israel or pro-Palestinian. The CPJ documented incidents of violence, vandalism, threats, and censorship in countries such as France, Germany, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and the United States.

The CPJ urged the international community to condemn these attacks and protect the freedom of the press. The CPJ also appealed to the public to support independent and impartial journalism and avoid spreading misinformation and propaganda.

The war in Gaza, which started after Hamas launched rockets into Israel in response to Israeli raids and evictions in East Jerusalem, has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis, according to the latest estimates. The UN and several countries have been trying to broker a ceasefire, but the efforts have so far failed.

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