Defend Press Freedom Amidst Israel’s Bombardment of Gaza: World Press Freedom Day 2024

“Amid the mounting death toll, destruction, and reports of harrowing atrocities, journalists in Gaza risk their lives and limbs to cover the war. Deliberately targeting journalists, and indiscriminate attacks that kill or injure journalists, amount to war crimes. All those responsible must be held to account. Protecting press freedom and ensuring the safety of journalists is fundamental during times of war and essential in providing the public with accurate and timely information.” Burhan Sonmez, PEN International President

3 May 2024: It has been over six months since the relentless bombardment of Gaza by Israel’s military began in response to a Hamas-led attack on Israel on 7 October 2023. With damning evidence of international human rights law violations and war crimes, the toll on journalists’ lives and the erosion of press freedom in Gaza and across the region have reached unprecedented levels.