Unparalleled and unprecedented deaths of journalists in Gaza, the vital connection between philanthropy and independent media in preserving democracy, and no news is bad news

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‘Unparalleled and unprecedented’ With dozens dead and more wounded, journalists in Gaza have faced the deadliest six months ever recorded.

The vital connection between philanthropy and independent media in preserving democracy. Even a relatively modest investment in journalism funding can yield substantial results, making a meaningful impact on society.

No news is bad news. It is time for cities to take information inequality seriously.

A scoop by nonprofit Correctiv sparked huge pro-democracy protests all over Germany. How did they pull it off? We take a deep dive into Correctiv’s investigation, its mission and its funding.

Gaza journalist Diaa Al-Kahlout describes 33 harrowing days in Israeli custody. After his release, Al-Kahlout made the “unbearable” decision to leave Gaza for Egypt, from where he spoke to CPJ about his experience covering the war, his detention, and the journalism environment in Gaza.

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