Amidst its 44-day genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Israel has launched a killing spree against journalists there. deliberately targeting media professionals and offices. These attacks aim to impose a real and comprehensive media blackout on the entire Strip, Euro-Med Monitor said.
As of Sunday 19 November, the Israeli military has killed 59 Palestinian journalists and injured dozens more, said Euro-Med Monitor.
The Geneva-based organisation called it the highest-ever rate of journalists killed in wars or conflicts in modern history.
According to Euro-Med Monitor, Israel has purposefully left no safe haven for journalists in the Gaza Strip. Journalists have even been targeted while wearing press jackets in the field and inside press tents erected for media coverage. Some of them were also targeted in their family homes.
Euro-Med Monitor has received testimonies from multiple journalists expressing the identical fear that media equipment they received from international organisations via Israel may include location-tracking or eavesdropping devices, which may have facilitated their recent targeting.
Since Hamas fighters launched their lightning attack on southern Israel on October 7, killing 1,400 people and taking at least 200 hostages, Israel unleashed the full force of its firepower on besieged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. More than 13,000 people have now been killed, and the death toll rises almost every hour.