ARTICLE 19 stands with the communities affected by the armed conflict in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories. We join partners and advocates around the world working to secure an immediate ceasefire between the parties.
This crisis has already taken a devastating toll on civilian life, including children. It has also resulted in an information blackout in the occupied Gaza strip with devastating consequences. For those caught up in the conflict, information can be as life-saving as humanitarian relief. It is needed for individuals to access water, food, shelter, and medical treatment, to communicate with their loved ones, or to avoid zones of active hostilities.
Freedom of expression and unhindered journalistic reporting are an essential prerequisite to monitor and ensure respect of international humanitarian law, help prevent further violations and suffering and provide accountability for war crimes and human rights atrocities.
This is why freedom of expression and information must be unequivocally upheld and underpin any humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis.
ARTICLE 19 joined Oxfam and human rights organisations around the world in calling for an immediate ceasefire to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and further loss of innocent lives. Heads of state, the UN Security Council, and actors on the ground must prioritise the preservation of human life above all else.