November 14, 2023
Māori journalists speak out for Gaza colleagues
Kawea Te Rongo, the independent Māori Journalists Association, has condemned the mounting death toll of journalist in the Gaza war.
The international Committee to Protect Journalists says at least 40 journalists and media workers were among the more than 12,000 killed since the war began on October 7 – including 35 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 1 Lebanese.
The Israeli Defence Force has told news agencies it could not guarantee the safety of their journalists operating in the Gaza Strip,
Kawea Te Rongo spokesperson Mani Dunlop says the journalists are professionals committed to ensure people are accurately informed about what is happening in a conflict which is riven with disinformation and propaganda.
“You need to be on the ground to do that job so you do take that risk to do that in a way that upholds that sense of justice as well as ensuring the world is informed accurately what is going on,” she says.
Kawea Te Rongo spokesperson Mani Dunlop says it’s the most killed in a conflict since records began.