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A journalist in Gaza struggles to report and survive

A journalist in Gaza struggles to report and survive

For days, Tareq Hajjaj has been asking anyone who can or will listen to him to help keep his stories alive so he and his family stay alive.

Hajjaj, 30, is the Gaza Strip correspondent for Mondoweiss, a news and opinion website that covers the Palestinian territories, Israel and American politics in both places. He is married, has a 10-month-old son and a large family. He helps care for his 79-year-old mother, whose diabetes has caused her blindness. Hajjaj has been working as a news editor and translator since 2015.

Since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7, more than 13,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and the West Bank, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, and at least 48 of them have been journalists and health workers. outlets like Hajjaj, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. (The Palestinian Journalists Union, an industry group, says at least 53 Palestinian journalists have been killed.) Many more have been injured. Some have seen their entire families murdered.

International news organizations, once a heavily covered area of ​​the Palestinian territories, began slowly reducing their operations in Gaza in 2007 after the Hamas takeover, withdrawing reporters and closing offices. In addition to the deadly pressure they face from Israel’s forces, according to Freedom House, a Washington think tank, Palestinian journalists in Gaza face repression from Hamas. Israel has allowed some media outlets to briefly base their military in Gaza in recent days, but strictly controls what these journalists see and can report.



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