maandag 18 augustus 2014

Reporters niet vrij in verslaggeving uit Gaza

Hamas houdt buitrnlandse journalisten nauw in het oog


Steeds weer komen er verklaringen naar buiten dat de verslagen uit Gaza door Hamas worden gecensureerd.

Narratief van Hamas:

Journalisten die naar Gaza komen zijn op de hand van Israel.

Daarom wilden ze lanceerplaatsen filmen.

Omdat ze de onderdrukker steunen moeten ze in de gaten worden gehouden.


Buitenlandse journalisten worden aangesproken op hun reportages en interviews en “krijgen de kans om hun reportages te verbeteren naar inzicht van Hamas”

Andere mogelijkheid: ze worden Gaza uitgegooid.

Omdat de journalisten langs een vaste grenspost, de Erez Crossing, Gaza binnengaan ia het makkelijk voor Hamas bewaking mee te sturen.


Zie ook de verklaring van de Noorse journalist Pål T. Jørgensen die over bedreigingen door Hamas vertelt




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Hamas spokeswoman Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, describing to Mayadeen TV how foreign journalists were deported for filming rocket launch sites. Photo: MEMRI / Screenshot.


Hamas spokeswoman Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, on Thursday told Lebanon’s satellite broadcaster Mayadeen TV that journalists who filmed missile launch sites were given a chance to change their stories, or deported from Gaza.

MEMRI, The Middle East Media Research Institute, on Friday published a translation of her Skype interview. The matter-of-fact confirmation by Al-Mudallal provided the context to the many reports from Gaza of Hamas intimidating journalists, forcing retractions, omissions and censoring impromptu reporting via social media. This week, Israel’s Foreign Press Association also condemned Hamas’s policies towards the press.

Al-Mudallal said journalists came into Gaza through the Beit Hanoun Crossing, also known as the Erez Crossing. Most were freelancers or from news agencies. Fewer journalists entered Gaza during this war than in the previous rounds, in 2008 and 2012, she said.

The coverage by foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip “was insignificant compared to their coverage within” Israel, Al-Mudallal said. “Moreover, the journalists who entered Gaza were fixated on the notion of peace and on the Israeli narrative,” she claimed.

“So when they were conducting interviewers, or when they went on location to report, they would focus on filming the places from where missiles were launched. Thus, they were collaborating with the occupation. These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip.”

“The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people,” she said. “They would give them some time to change their message, one way or another.

“Some of the journalists who entered the Gaza Strip were under security surveillance,” the spokeswoman said. “Even under these difficult circumstances, we managed to reach them, and tell them that what they were doing was anything but professional journalism, and that it was immoral.”

Watch a sub-titled interview with the Hamas spokeswoman.


Norwegian Journalist: Hamas Expels Reporters Over Critical Coverage


August 13, 2014 8:29 pm 1 comment     




Dave Bender



NDTV's recording of a Hamas rocket being assembled and launched from outside the window of their Gaza hotel, in a residential neighborhood, minutes before the start of a cease-fire. Photo: NDTV / Screenshot.


Pål T. Jørgensen of Norway’s TV 2 charged in a report that aired this week, that Hamas in Gaza has imposed strict restrictions on the foreign press, and backed them up with “threats.”


While Jorgensen said conditions were “decent working here,” he added that “there are several foreign journalists (that) have been kicked out of Gaza because Hamas does not like what they have written or said. We have received strict orders that if we record that Hamas fires rockets or that they shoot, we get serious problems and are expelled from Gaza.”



Israel’s Foreign Press Association on Monday said it “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.”


In a statement, the FPA said, “The international media are not advocacy organisations and cannot be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure, thereby denying their readers and viewers 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,” it said. “We are also aware that Hamas is 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.”


Many journalists working in Gaza during Israel’s current Operation Protective Edge said they were free to broadcast or publish true reports, only after leaving the reach of Hamas. Away from the front, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati said he was able to report that Hamas, not Israel, was responsible for shelling in Shati, while two tweets from correspondents for The Wall Street Journal that highlighted Hamas operating its headquarters from the Al Shifa Hospital and showing how Hamas rockets, not Israel’s likely hit the hospital, were quickly deleted.


The role of Hamas in silencing media was called out by media watchdog CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, and the World Jewish Congress, which faulted the media companies for caving to Hamas’s pressure.


Joshua Levitt contributed to this report

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