(JNS.org) The Foreign Press Association in Israel (FPA) has condemned Hamas for curtailing journalistic freedom in the Gaza strip during Operation Protective Edge.
“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,” a statement by the FPA said.
“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,” the statement continued.
Many foreign journalists are refusing to speak out on the issue in Israeli media “as long as the operation is not over,” sources close to the FPA told Globes.
“It is obvious to you that reporting from Gaza was not objective, due to the circumstances described in the condemnatory press release. When the reporters left Gaza, however, a smattering of objective reports began to leak out. No journalist wants to appear on a blacklist that could prevent him from entering Gaza during the next operation or war,” the sources said.