As a journalist, Emad’s daily work is to write the reports of airstrikes, of killings and arrests. Over the years he has also been at odds with the Palestinian Authority and recently with the Hamas government, keeping the Maan office running through a combination of political savvy and sheer tenacity.

Like other journalists, Emad will continue his reporting throughout the current escalation. When a ceasefire is eventually achieved, and the international press, who converged on Gaza this weekend, have vacated, it is he and the other Palestinian reporters and photographers who will remain. Sunday’s airstrikes were another reminder that it is local journalists (Iraqis, Syrians, Palestinians) who face the greatest risk of injury or death.


Jared Malsin is a freelance journalist based in Cairo