Israel-Hamas War: Tracking Attacks on Journalists

Smoke rises from the northern part of the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli airstrike, as seen from Sderot, Israel, 19 October 2023. More than 3,400 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have been killed according to the Palestinian Health authority and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since Hamas militants launched an attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on 07 October. Israel has warned all citizens of the Gaza Strip to move to the south ahead of an expected invasion. EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK

Source International Press Institute

– International Press Institute (IPI) Data on Hamas-Israel War

*Journalists killed while on assignment: 8 

*Journalists killed, total: 21

*Journalists missing or detained: 7

*Journalists injured: 9 known by name, over 20 reported in total

“Last updated 20/10/2023”

Media – The International Press Institute (IPI) is tracking press freedom violations and journalist casualties, including killed journalists, missing or detained journalists and injured journalists, amid the Hamas-Israel war.

Since October 7, at least 21 journalists have been among the casualties of the Hamas-Israel war, according to IPI data, which is gathered through local sources, local media freedom organisations, and media reports. At least 8 of them are currently believed to have been killed while carrying out their work, either while reporting on the ground or, e.g., killed during airstrikes on media offices.

There are also numerous journalists among the civilian casualties of missile strikes and other attacks. IPI’s is tracking all reported journalist casualties in relation to the Hamas-Israel war, while also providing more specific data on the number of journalists killed while on a professional assignment. Cases where circumstances are unclear and where IPI is working to confirm details are noted as such.

This article will be regularly updated as the situation develops.

Journalists killed

Journalists killed while working

October 7

Mohammad Al-Salhi, a Palestinian freelance journalist and photographer of the Fourth authority agency, was killed by a live bullet while covering the events at the border east of al-Bureij, in the central Gaza Strip. Reports suggest he was shot by the IDF.

Ibrahim Mohammad Lafi, a Gazan photojournalist who worked for Ain Media Foundation, was reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces while reporting at the Gaza Strip’s Erez Crossing into Israel

Mohammad Jarghoun, a reporter/photographer with Smart Media Agency, was reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces while reporting in Gaza

October 10

Saeed Al-Taweel, the editor-in-chief of Al-Khamsa News website, was killed in an Israeli airstrike while reporting on the bombing of his workplace, Hajji Tower on Institutions Street

Mohammad Rizq Sobh, a photographer for Khabar Agency, was killed in an Israeli airstrike while reporting on the bombing of his workplace, Hajji Tower on Institutions Street

Hisham Al-Nawajha, journalist/photographer for Khabar agency, was killed in an Israeli airstrike while reporting on the bombing of his workplace, Hajji Tower on Institutions Street

October 11

Muhammad Fayez Abu Matar, a Palestinian freelance photojournalist working for international agencies, was killed in Israeli bombings in Rafaf while covering Israeli operations

October 13

Issam Abdallah, a Beirut-based videographer for the Reuters news agency, was killed during a shelling attack that eyewitnesses said came from the direction of Israel near the Lebanon border. Abdallah and a group of other journalists were covering the back-and-forth shelling near Al-Shaab in southern Lebanon between Israeli forces and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group

Journalists killed while not on assignment or killed in unclear circumstances

Samih Al-Nadi, director of Al-Aqsa TV, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip. No information if he was working

October 19

Khalil Abu Athrah, Al-Aqsa TV photographer, was killed with his brother in an Israeli bombing of the Al-Nasr neighbourhood, north of Rafah. No information if he was working.

Elie Brakhya, an Al-Jazeera TV staff member, was injured as well in the southern Lebanon shelling

Carmen Joukhadar, an Al-Jazeera TV reporter, was also wounded in the southern Lebanon attack.

Christina Assi, a photographer for AFP, was injured in that same attack in southern Lebanon

Dylan Collins, a video journalist for AFP, was also injured in the southern Lebanon shelling.

October 19

Mohsen Maqsoudi, one of the six Iranian journalists from Press TV who were caught in the crossfire near the Israeli Al-Abad site in the vicinity of the town of Houla in southern Lebanon, was injured when Israeli forces opened fire preventing them from leaving for multiple hours. The press crew’s car was also damaged by a mortar shell and several gunshots. Media sources cite Lebanese army saying one civilian was killed. It is unclear, if that civilian was a journalist.

Attacks on media infrastructure and offices

According to the PSJthe Palestinian Government Media Offices and the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom (MADA), Israeli bombings have completely or partially destroyed over 40 media offices, headquarters and centres of media institutions, including: Al-Aqsa Media Network, Ma’an News Agency, Sawa Agency, Shehab Agency, Al-Quds Newspaper, Radio Baladna, Zaman Radio, National Agency, Khabar Agency, Al-Ayyam Newspaper, Event Media Services Company, Fadel Shanaa Foundation, Holy Quran Radio, Shams News Agency, Office APA Agency, Al Jazeera Network Office, Palestine TV, “French” Agency Office.

The homes of multiple journalists have also been demolished in the bombings of residential areas.

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