Foreign reporters condemn Hamas' censorship policy in Gaza

Posted: 8/13/2014 12:06:00 PM
Author: Yitzhak Benhorin
Source: Thgis article originally appoeared on Ynet News on Aug. 12, 2014.

Foreign reporters condemn Hamas' censorship policy in Gaza
FPA statement 'protests methods by Hamas against journalists in Gaza', cites Hamas attempts to create a 'blacklist' of reporters.
by Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON - The Foreign Press Association (FPA) released a statement Monday condemning censorship by Hamas in the Gaza Strip in attempts to ensure that reports put the terrorist organization in positive light over the course of Operation Protective Edge.

Since foreign reporters exited the Gaza Strip during a lull in fighting, several reports have surfaced showing footage that they had been afraid to show while in Gaza, but the FPA's comments are the first such claims from an official organization.

This France 24 report aired after journalists left Gaza and shows children gathered around a rocket launching site.

"The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month," read the statement.

According to members of the organization, which comprises of some 500 journalists from 32 different countries, Hamas pressured and threatened reporters, preventing them from giving viewers and readers an, "objective picture from the ground."

"In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information they have reported through their news media or by means of social media," said the FPA statement.

This report aired in India showing a rocket launcher being assembled and wired to fire remotely.

The organization also said in the statement that Hamas has been trying to, "put in place a 'vetting' procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by the FPA."

Monday's statement is the first time the group has criticized Hamas' treatment of the foreign media...
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