Hamas Intimidation of Foreign Journalists
Reports of Hamas intimidation of foreign journalists
In spite of widespread intimidation and even forced censorship, some foreign correspondents reporting from Gaza have given eye-witness testimonies about Hamas' exploitation of Gaza civilian population as human shields.
1. Finnish journalist Aishi Zidan, representing Helsingin Sanomat, reported on 1 August about rockets fired from the parking lot of the Shifa hospital, Gaza's main medical center.
Watch the video: http://youtu.be/Nu-e5qWXx-k
2. During a live broadcast, two correspondents inadvertently caught Hamas missiles being fired from very near, in the midst of a populated area:
3. Other journalists were able to testify that rockets were fired by Palestinian terrorist organizations on 28 July, but misfired and hit populated areas in Gaza.
Such was the case of Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati who sent out the following tweet: “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.”
4. The above tweet corroborates the IDF's version of the events in which Gaza terrorists fired rockets which ended up hitting Palestinian civilians:
4. Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan described on Facebook an exchange he had had with a Spanish journalist on 30 July:
"I met today with a Spanish journalist who just came back from Gaza. We talked about the situation there. He was very friendly. I asked him how come we never see on television channels reporting from Gaza any Hamas people, no gunmen, no rocket launcher, no policemen. We only see civilians on these reports, mostly women and children. He answered me frankly: "it's very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dare pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us."
5. In his article on 31 July, Uriel Heilman, senior writer in the JTA news agency questions why there are no visuals in international media outlets such as NYT of Hamas militants firing rockets, 2800 of which are known to have been fired at Israel.
In response, the vice president of The New York Times writes: "Our photo editor went through all of our pictures recently and out of many hundreds, she found 2 very distant poor quality images that were captioned Hamas fighters by our photographer on the ground… We eagerly pursue photographs from both sides of the conflict, but we are limited by what our photographers have access to."
Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/31/news-opinion/nyt-on-why-no-photos-of-hamas-fighters-we-dont-have-any-1
6. Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels published in The Commentator on 1 August an article titled: "Fear and trembling: Western media and Hamas", which points to the flawed coverage of the fighting in Gaza. The writer concludes that "whatever the reason is for today’s miscoverage -- fear, ignorance or bias -- we are not getting the true picture from Gaza".
7. The Washington Post reprints a list of 40 questions that are worth posing to foreign correspondents in Gaza, originally published on 31 July in the well-known British blog "Harry's Place". A sample question goes: "Can live journalism by reporters who are scared of retaliation from the authorities they are reporting about really count as pure journalism, or is journalism in that context fundamentally compromised?"