Protecting journalists and press freedom in the Israel-Gaza war

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The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) joins the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and partner organisations in urging Josep Borrell, the High Representative for the European Union on Foreign and Security Policy, to call for press freedom and journalists’ rights to be respected during the Israel-Gaza war, particularly in light of the the alarming increase in the targeted killings of journalists.

Brussels, 24 January 2024. Since October 7, 2023, at least 83 journalists and media workers have lost their lives, an unprecedented development that threatens the public’s right to crucial information about a conflict with far-reaching implications. Beyond the threat to journalists’ lives, challenges such as restricted access to Gaza, Internet shutdowns, arbitrary detention, and intimidation further hinder the critical role of journalists in informing the public. The international community, including the European Union, must prioritise the protection of journalists as civilians and advocates for the public’s right to be informed.

The signatory organisations call on the European Union (EU) to take immediate and decisive action to ensure the conditions for unrestricted reporting and to safeguard journalists.

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