- There were 302 gross violations comprising 41% of total violations
- The Israeli occupying forces committed 329 violations, the most of any group. 129 violations were committed against Iraqis.
- 88 journalists were physically attacked… 84 journalists sustained bodily injury… 74 journalists were intentionally targeted… 46 journalists were detained against their will.
The Freedom Defenders in the Arab World Network (SANAD) expresses its sympathies to the families of five journalists killed during the month of October. The so called Islamic State, or “ISIS,” executed four journalists while one journalist lost his life while covering the war in Syria.
SANAD also denounces the gross violations committed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In its monthly report for October, SANAD reported that the number of gross violations (302) comprised 41% of the total of 739 violations—the highest ratio since the beginning of 2015.
The 739 violations recorded during the month of October included 150 individual cases, 211 media professionals and 14 media organizations. These numbers represent an unprecedented increase in attacks against media freedom.
The IDF committed 329 violations, more than any other group and the most committed by those forces in any month during 2015. Iraqi journalists faced 128 violations, more than any previous month.
Egypt and the Gaza Strip also witnessed higher levels of violations with 90 and 64 violations respectively.
The SANAD report noted that the number of violations notably increased in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt and Iraq.
In Tunis, reporters continue to face attacks and violations while covering peaceful protests. Multiple Tunisian journalists have received death threats since 2012.
In Jordan, government officials continue to detain journalists under the Electronic Crimes Law.
In Yemen, the report documents the kidnapping of eight journalists by the armed Houthi militia. The fate of many of those kidnapped remains unknown.
The report indicates that the right to personal safety was violated more than any other right with 301 recorded violations whereas, the right to freedom of opinion and expression was violated 256 times.