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Hamas Proudly Admits Intimidating Press in Gaza

Hamas deported and threatened journalists from covering its terrorist activities in Gaza.
Hamas official explains how it intimidated foreign press to refrain from reporting about its terrorist activities in Gaza

Hamas official explains how it intimidated foreign press to refrain from reporting about its terrorist activities in Gaza
Photo Credit: MEMRI

How much more proof will be necessary to convince those who disbelieve Israel about everything? We have now heard from both the foreign media association and from Hamas itself: during the recent conflict in Gaza, journalists were intimidated and harassed into ignoring terrorist behavior by Hamas.

The Foreign Press Association – an entity comprised largely of journalists who are not supportive of Israel – condemned Hamas in the harshest possible language of attempting to force reporters to violate journalistic standards and of intimidating journalists into refraining from reporting on illegal Hamas activity.

And now the Middle East Media Research Institute has conclusive proof that Hamas was intimidating and deporting foreign journalists who dared to look too closely at what Hamas was doing in Gaza during the recent fighting.

The proof is the statement made by the head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, Isra Al-Mudallal, on Mayadeen television, translated by MEMRI. She said that Hamas security personnel would confront journalists suspected of filing its terrorist operations.

It was the view of Hamas that any journalists who were trying to film their fighters while engaged in military efforts were, by definition, collaborating with Israel and immoral.

“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,” al-Mudallal said. “These journalists were deported from the Gaza Strip. The security agencies would go and have a chat with these people. 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. 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,” added Al-Mudallal.

Watch her Skype interview, with MEMRI’s translation, here:

Throughout the latest violence in Gaza, Hamas threatened and interrogated Western journalists, preventing them from reporting on Hamas activities which would have substantiated Israel’s claims that Hamas used human shields, fired within residential neighborhoods, and launched rockets next to civilians.

The Foreign Press Association, an organization of journalists covering Israel, Gaza and the territories for foreign news sources, harshly condemned Hamas for its behavior towards journalists during the recent violent conflict.

“The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods” employed by Hamas against journalists in Gaza.

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.

The FPA also came out strongly against the efforts by Hamas to institute a “vetting” procedure, which would be used to “blacklist” specific journalists.

But despite the clearest evidence, there will still be many – the New York TimesJodi Rudoren, for one – who refuse to believe what even Hamas admits.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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12 Responses to “Hamas Proudly Admits Intimidating Press in Gaza”

  1. Attack Gaza and them all starting from ismael hania,khaled meshal…..now,today.Long live Israel.

  2. Paul W. Howe says:

    The 3monkeys are not responding… all the lying reporters…

  3. David Cutler says:

    They’re just a wonderful bunch, aren’t they??

  4. Ross Sher says:

    If the jews in America fund and support Democrats, it will contribute to the destruction of Israel. ObsMA IS aNTI SEMITIC. Recently he bloc shipment to Israel.Where is Durbin and Schumar voices.. American and Canadian activists are working to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from docking on the West Coast of the US or Canada. The ship is headed towards California. The BDS refuses to unload the ship. Race your voices. Don’t be silent. The unions demandshouldnt be happened..

  5. Lito Reyes says:

    What’s new? Wasn’t that obvious from the very beginning?

  6. Dawn Andrade says:

    This comes as a surprise? SERIOUSLY?

  7. Judith Dowla says:

    Journalists must abide by the rules set forth by the country they have asked permission to be in as representatives of the Media. And if Hamas wanted them censored or to leave as the saying goes. When your shalom does not come back to you, then wipe the dust off your feet and be on your way. If you choose to say and argue away why you should remain, be ready for some rough words or pushing about. To be expected I would presume. Pack up your bags and get out of there if you value your life.

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