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Palestinian Journalists on Reporting in a War Zone

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This picture taken from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip shows smoke rising over buildings in Khan Yunis during Israeli bombardment on January 31, 2024, as fighting continues between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group in Gaza. (Said Khatib via Getty Images)

Wearing blue vests labeled “Press,” journalists in Gaza risk their lives to document and publicize a war that’s killed more than 28,000 people. At least 85 journalists are among the dead – 78 of whom were Palestinian. Because Israel and Egypt have denied foreign journalists entry into Gaza, the burden of on-the-ground reporting falls predominantly to Palestinian journalists, who work amid airstrikes, intermittent cell and internet service and an abiding fear for the safety of their loved ones. In December, the Committee to Protect Journalists labeled the post-Oct. 7 conflict deadlier for media workers than any full year of conflict, anywhere, since it began keeping track in 1992. We’ll speak with journalists from Gaza about what it means to report, amid trauma and loss, a story they’re part of.


Rushdi Abualouf, Gaza correspondent reporting from Istanbul, BBC

Mai Yaghi, correspondent based in Gaza, AFP

Adel Zaanoun, bureau chief in Gaza, AFP

Youmna ElSayed, Gaza correspondent reporting from Egypt, Al Jazeera


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