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Foreign Press Assoc protests “blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox” Hamas intimidation

Foreign Press Assoc protests “blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox” Hamas intimidation

Now they tell us, after so much misleading coverage.

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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A related issue is the topic of an Alan M. Dershowitz article entitled “The Empty Spaces of Gaza”. He asks why Hamas doesn’t launch its attacks from the many large unpopulated areas in Gaza, also why the news media doesn’t consider it worth reporting.

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4580/gaza-population-density

(John R. Bolton is Chairman of Gates Institute)

Wow, replace the words “Hamas” with “Obama Administration” and that protest statement would be an accurate description of how the press has been treated in the US under Barry’s merry band of minions.

When are they going to grow a pair and start doing their jobs? I wish we could sue them for errors and omissions.

“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.”

Sure they can. And the whole story of this last go-round proves it very nicely.

Stompy-foot post facto statements notwithstanding.

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | August 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Reminds me of the time I was on an NYC subway train and an announcement came over the PA system: “There is no music playing on the subway”, and I exlaimed “Sure there is, I can hear it right now!”. There shouldn’t be, but there certainly is, and much of it is not pleasant, at least in a confined space.

      Ragspierre in reply to Milhouse. | August 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      “The chocolate ration has been increased to 5 oz. from 8 oz., thanks to the tireless efforts of Big Brother and the Minstry of Plenty.”

9thDistrictNeighbor | August 11, 2014 at 11:16 am

Now that’s a strongly-worded letter! Golly gee whiz, if only the UN could write such a letter….

As MC Hammer almost said, “Please Hamas, don’t hurt us!”

With all due respect to these journalists, this is a war afterall. Hamas may be trying to pass this off as just a PR event, but it’s not a picnic or a corporate PR event with name badges, balloons and T-shirts with silk-screened logos.

I can just imagine their treatment under a Nazi regime.

“I can just imagine their treatment under a Nazi regime.” Probably better than with Hamas. As for the reporters, it was just “reporting” the “news”… scribes in training … waiting for that cush assignment to sit in on Pro-Hamas West news briefs… presently situated at 1600 Pennsylvania.

    PersonFromPorlock in reply to alaskabob. | August 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    “I can just imagine their treatment under a Nazi regime.” Probably better than with Hamas.

    Yep. The Nazis weren’t much into shame, but ‘respectability’ was another matter entirely, until they got to where they could kill you without anyone knowing.

The FPA must think their link with reporters in the area is tenuous enough to protect them. The AP continues to produce bowdlerized stories.

JackRussellTerrierist | August 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

But…but…but…the UN says it’s all Israel’s fault and they are feverishly killing Gaza women and children with delight and abandon!

So, does this article mean the spineless journalists were lying in order to keep their access and oh well too bad so sad if Israel meanwhile took a propaganda beating as a result of it?

And, gosh, I had no idea there was any OTHER place Hamas could set up its missiles, since I had no idea there are wide swaths of desert in the desert…er…I mean the Middle East. Who would have ever thunk it or figured out that Hamas is deliberately using women, kids, the sick and the elderly as propaganda shields, lo these many months into this set-to, this being the umpteenth time Israel has been down this exact same road with the “Palestinians” (roll eyes) who use the “human baby shield” M.O. over and over and over?

A giant DUH! to these “journalists” and a bonus go the hell home, you spineless, lying wimps. You’re a major part of the problem.

    “So, does this article mean the spineless journalists were lying in order to keep their access and oh well too bad so sad if Israel meanwhile took a propaganda beating as a result of it?”
    If by “access” you mean “heads”, then yes.

Captain Keogh | August 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Tell that to two dirt bags named Jerry Rivers (Geraldo Rivera) and Joe Scarborough.

These are the same tactics that were employed by Saddam Hussein. Any member of the press who did not report what he wanted were expelled from Libya. It is the method that is used by all dictators with such shocking regimes.

There are press members who continue to not tell the truth about what really took place in Gaza.

Well we now know that Peace will rain. Apparently the press associations have decided Hamas is not acceptable. Just as they already had decided Israel is also unacceptable. In any case this can’t be good for Hamas. Hamas should soon be seeing the handwriting on the wall.

Someone should contact the press associations and ask them if they have any ideas of what new terrorist group should replace Hamas, or if they support Fatah, or if they want to run Gaza themselves.

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