RSF files complaint alleging war crimes against Palestinian journalists with ICC

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced Monday that it filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Palestinian journalists being killed or injured during their work in Gaza.

In the complaint, RSF asks the court to investigate crimes against no less than nine Palestinian reporters since December 15, 2023 and the killing of more than 100 journalists since October 7, 2023, allegedly by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). RSF furthermore said that it has reasonable grounds to believe that some of the journalists were intentionally killed and that others were the victims of attacks against civilians. The assistant director of RSF, Antoine Bernard, said: ”Those who kill journalists are attacking the public’s right to information, which is even more essential in times of conflict.”

This is the third complaint RSF has filed to the ICC regarding attacks against Palestinian journalists in Gaza since October 7. On January 5, the ICC prosecutor’s office assured RSF that crimes against journalists are included in its investigation into Palestine. The ICC Prosecutor announced last week that he has applied for arrest warrants against Israel’s prime minister and defense minister as well as three senior Hamas leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the ongoing war.

Earlier this month, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that at least 98 journalists were killed in the Israel-Hamas War.

Almost exactly nine years ago, on May 27, 2015, UN Security Council Resolution 2222 was adopted, affirming the protection of journalists in areas of armed conflicts and stating that the work of a free, independent and impartial media is essential to a democratic society.