The Daily Telegraph

Hamas manipulated and intimidated the media in Gaza. Why was that kept from us?
The Daily Telegraph

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) issued an astonishing protest yesterday about « blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox » intimidation of journalists in the Gaza Strip by Hamas. « In several cases, » they complained, « foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories. » The FPA said this amounted to « denying readers and viewers an objective picture from the ground, » adding « 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. » The statement raises a lot of questions. Here is one: why have British broadcasters not mentioned any of this to their viewers?

Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan described on Facebook an exchange he had had with a Spanish journalist who had just left 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.' »

J’ai souvent vu des journalistes et chroniqueurs québécois utiliser des prétextes frivoles pour accuser Stephen Harper de menacer la liberté de la presse. Par contre, je ne rappelle pas avoir vu de journaliste dénoncer la censure et l’intimidation du Hamas… Tirez-en vos conclusions.