In statement marking World Press Freedom Day, Biden says ‘far too many’ journalists have been killed in Gaza war

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Joe Biden says “far too many” journalists have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war in his statement marking World Press Freedom Day.

“On World Press Freedom Day, we honor the bravery and sacrifice of journalists and media workers around the world risking everything in pursuit of truth,” he says.

“This is especially resonant today; 2023 was one of the deadliest years for journalists in recent memory. One reason for that is the war in Gaza, where far too many journalists, the vast majority of them Palestinian, have been killed.”

“Additionally, over 300 journalists were imprisoned around the world last year – the highest number in decades. In Russia, American journalists Evan Gershkovich and Alsu Kurmasheva have been imprisoned in connection with their work for the Wall Street Journal and for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. And Austin Tice is still being held hostage in Syria after nearly twelve years,” he adds.

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