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Thursday, October 18 2007

Hamas Issuing Media Credentials

Media_credentialsPalestinian journalists are crying foul over Hamas issuing media credentials. The Jerusalem Post writes:

Hamas's decision is seen by many Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip as an attempt to restrict their work and control news coverage from that area.

"Now Hamas will decide who can work as a journalist and who can't," one journalist told The Jerusalem Post. . . .

Toubasi added that Hamas had been summoning many of the Palestinian journalists for interviews about the nature of their work. He said that in some cases, journalists were instructed to refrain from using certain words and phrases in their writings, such as "Hamas militias" and the "ousted government" of [Hamas Prime Minister] Ismail Haniyeh.

It's worth noting that the PA shut down the Information Ministry in Gaza after Hamas took over the strip, leaving a vacuum for Hamas to fill. What should Palestinian journalists and foreign correspondents do?



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I know! I know! Blame Israel!!

There was no press freedom before. Journalists who opposed the Hamas line were allowed to support the Fatah line, that's all.

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