So much for all the journalists claiming there was no systematic intimidation of journalist in Gaza.

From the Foreign Press Association:

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.

August 11, 2014

This is consistent with the anecdotal evidence we have documented of journalists deleting tweets, taking down articles, and only fessing up to Hamas rocket fire damage after leaving Gaza.

Little by little, the truth is coming out.

In the latest disclosure, a Norweigan journalist reported on the intimidation (text via Google Translate):

TV2 reporter Paul T. Jørgensen reported Sunday morning about the ongoing situation in Gaza Strip.

– There are decent working here, but there are several foreign journalists 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, so we get serious problems and is expelled from Gaza, says Jørgensen.

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