On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO has recognized the extraordinary bravery of Palestinian journalists covering Israel’s actions in Gaza by awarding them the “World Press Freedom Award.”

Despite facing grave dangers, these journalists have steadfastly reported on the Gaza conflict over the past six months. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize honors their exceptional commitment to documenting Israel’s activities in Palestinian territories.

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Mauricio Vizcarrondo, President of the International Media Jury, expressed solidarity, saying, “In these difficult times, we stand with Palestinian journalists who courageously continue reporting despite adversity.”

He further emphasized, “We admire their bravery and unwavering commitment to exercising their freedom.”

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay noted that this award “recognizes the courage of journalists working in challenging and perilous situations.”

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, at least 92 journalists have lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict began last October. Israeli bombings and ground operations in Gaza have led to 34,596 casualties, including numerous children and women.

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