Journalists report on use of human shields in Gaza – A series

Gaza reporters’ tweets: Hamas using human shields

Foreign journalists receive death threats for ‘fabricating information for Israel,’ accused of informing on terrorists.

Several journalists from around the world reported seeing rockets fired from civilian areas in Gaza in recent days, and received threatening tweets in return accusing them of “informing” the IDF. Continue reading

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Journalists threatened by Hamas for reporting use of human shields

Foreign correspondents asked to leave enclave for social media posts on Hamas’ utilization of civilian sites to attack Israel.

The international press in Gaza has hardly reported on how Hamas has operated in this round of fighting, and photos or video of Hamas fighters from recent weeks are rare.

The reason became apparent this week as several journalists reported being threatened and even expelled from Gaza for highlighting that the terrorist organization used civilian sites to attack Israel. Continue reading

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Foreign press gives mixed accounts of Hamas intimidation in Gaza

Some journalists denied being threatened while reporting from Gaza, though other accounts from recent days paint a different picture.

Some journalists from international news outlets denied being threatened or intimidated by Hamas while reporting from Gaza, though other accounts from recent days paint a different picture.

Indian television station NDTV broadcast a report by Sreenivasan Jain on Tuesday showing rockets being assembled and shot from a tent next to his hotel, in what seems to be the only video of the sort coming out of Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Continue reading 

Reporter: Gazans only want us to show damage, not shooting

Christian Stephen, who reported out of Gaza: “Any journalist who professes to observe without bias, feeling or fear is a liar.”

In recent weeks, there has been much discussion about whether or not reporting by foreign press in Gaza can be trusted, due to accounts – some confirmed, some denied – of Hamas threatening and intimidating reporting.

The Jerusalem Post attempted on Thursday to contact ten journalists who reported from Gaza in recent weeks. Of the few who responded most declined to be interviewed, even on condition of anonymity, as they plan to return to Gaza to report.

Christian Stephen, founder of “Freelance Society,” a media company specializing in hostile environments and conflict zones, which sub-contracts for The Economist, VICE, Vocativ and other press outlets, agreed to discuss his experience reporting from Gaza, because he is in Israel and heading to Iraq in nine days.

“Hamas can’t get me there,” he quipped. Continue reading

Foreign Press Association blasts Hamas for threatening journalists

Hamas has threatened journalists to punish journalists who record Hamas firing rockets.

Hamas is using threats and pressure to prevent journalists from providing objective reports, the Foreign Press Association in Israel said in a statement Monday.

The organization said it “protests in the strongest 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.” Continue reading

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