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Seven Organizations in Southeast Asia Condemn Killing of Journalists in Gaza Strip

We, the undersigned Seven journalist organizations in Southeast Asia condemn the
killing of journalists and other civilians with impunity and see this as fundamental
violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws, including the Geneva
Conventions. We convey our solidarity for all journalists and media workers working in
the Gaza Strip that face high risk in the military operations between Israel and Hamas.

More than 5,000 people were killed and 18,000 injured in the military operations
between Israel and Hamas from 7 October 2023 in the Gaza Strip, among them were
journalists and media workers. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported at
least 23 journalists were killed in the operation from 7 to 23 October 2023. The killed
journalists comprised of 19 Palestinians, three Israelis, and one Lebanese. Meanwhile,
dozens of journalists were either injured, reported missing, or detained.

We call on all those involved in the operations to stop the killings and attacks against all
civilians including journalists working in the Gaza Strip. Further, we call on the United
Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights
in the Palestinian territory
occupied since 1967 to initiate an immediate investigation on these killings and attacks.

We believe the role of journalists in conflict areas is crucial to report on the needs of the
affected communities, and to provide accurate and impartial information on what is
really happening on the field to allow the international community to understand the
situation, including the decades of persecution and human rights violations perpetrated
against the Palestinians.

We call on journalists to uphold journalistic independence, preferring peace journalism
and prioritizing the interests of civilians who become victims of the operation
The international community must take a unified stance to demand that all use of force
be stopped with immediate effect.

Signed by:

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) -
Association Journalist Timor Leste (ATJL) -
Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association (CamboJA) -
Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) -
Gerakan Media Merdeka Malaysia (GeramM) -
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) -
Prachatai, Thailand -



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