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last journalists in Gaza are leaving for survival as world failed to act

04 December, 2023 21:08

Since Oct. 7, journalists who call Gaza their home have become the world’s way of seeing the harsh realities Palestinians face in the enclave. The CPJ verified the killing of 61 journalists: 54 Palestinian, four Israeli, and three Lebanese since Oct 7.

 

Many have lost colleagues, families, and media facilities, and have fled seeking safety when there is no safe haven or exit,” Sherif Mansour, CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator said in a statement.

 

The CPJ said reporters in Gaza in particular had paid an “unprecedented toll” and continue to face “exponential threats”.

 

Last few journo’s leaving Gaza, losing hope of staying alive
Gaza-based filmmaker Bisan Owda :

 

I no longer have any hope of survival like I had at the beginning of this genocide, and I am certain that I will die in the next few weeks or maybe days.

 

Journalist Motaz Azaiza :

 

It was now “about life or death” and that he and others were “surrounded by Israeli tanks”. The stage of risking everything to bring you the news has ended, ” Now begins the stage of trying to survive.”

 

Palestinian journo Plestia Alaqad :

 

leaving was “one of the hardest decisions” she took, after earlier writing that she stopped wearing her press vest and helmet reporting around Gaza because she didn’t feel safe wearing them.

 

Photographer Ali Jadallah  :

 

Ali Jadallah has chosen to stay behind but farewelled loved ones who had evacuated.He said goodbye to his wife and two children as they left the Gaza Strip towards Egypt. After 58 days of displacement, homelessness, grief and bombardment they will leave the City,  I did not leave with them, I am still in Gaza.

 

 

 

 

 

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