Reporters Threatened for Revealing Hamas Rocket Fire Near Hospital
While reporters can negatively cover Israel, they have a limited amount of freedom to do so in Hamas’ own turf in Gaza. Reporters who have mentioned that Hamas is firing rockets deliberately near high-value humanitarian targets were immediately threatened online.
On Wednesday, Peter Stefanovic of Australia’s Channel Nine News tweeted: “Hamas rockets just launched over our hotel from a site about two hundred metres away. So a missile launch site is basically next door.”
An account called @ThisIsGaza said this was Stefanovic’s fourth time “passing and fabricating information to Israel… from GAZA”.
Another account, @longitude0 wrote: “Are you working for the IDF” and “in WWII spies got shot.”
Financial Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief John Reed reported seeing “two rockets fired toward Israel from near al-Shifa hospital, even as more bombing victims were brought in.”
Shifa, in Gaza City, is the main medical facility in the Strip. In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”
Another twitter user, @ Faysal_FreeGaza, said he’s “subtly justifying and encouraging IDF attacks on hospitals,” and @Maysara_ ara wrote: “Get out of Gaza u informant.”
On Sunday, Janis Mackey Frayer, a correspondent for Canada’s CTV, tweeted that, while in Gaza City’s Shejaiya’s neighborhood, she “saw several Hamas gunmen.
One passed dressed in a woman’s headscarf… tip of a gun poked out from under cloak.”
She received threats similar to those sent to other reporters.
There’s more, but this is what’s going on. The media is biased, but it also adapts to reporting from totalitarian regimes, and any area under Hamas control is a collective of militias and armed bands that are capable of kidnapping foreign reporters without a second thought.
And so instead of actual conflict coverage, what we get are a lot of photos of Israeli soldiers and wounded Muslims in Gaza hospitals and demolished houses. There’s no context, it’s just propaganda, and the disparity in ruthlessness between a terrorist group and a country will ensure that it stays that way.
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