Foreign Press Association Criticizes Hamas

Logo Source: FPA.

Logo Source: FPA.

You just can’t satisfy Hamas.

As we’ve previously noted, Hamas has been harassing and/or intimidating foreign journalists working in Gaza.  That’s surprising because a good amount of the coverage, intentional or not, comes across as misleading and often out-of-context, in favor of Hamas.

The Foreign Press Association released this statement yesterday, in Israel of course:

“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.

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.

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.”

 

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