Heavy accusations against Gaza-based photojournalists working with global media giants that they have ties to the terrorist organization Hamas, the Israeli government has said. They are photojournalists who work with the Associated Press and Reuters agencies.
It all started with the Israeli organization Honest Reporting which, on Wednesday, questioned because journalists working for the two agencies in Gaza were present at the scenes of the dramatic events – namely the massacre of Israelis by Hamas – in the early morning hours of the October 7 attack.
The photo circulating shows Hamas terrorists taking a grandmother hostage, who they have mounted on a motorcycle, with two photographers capturing the event.
Honest Reporting’s investigation into what photojournalists working with international media outlets to cover deadly attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Hamas knew, focuses on Hassan Eslayah, a contributor to both the Associated Press and CNN. .
The following is one of the first photos he sent of the moment Hamas terrorists entered the Kfar Azza kibbutz in Israel.
In fact, a photo of Hassan Eslaya with the architect of the October 7 attacks was also posted Yahya Sinuar.
“They are no different from terrorists” – Netanyahu asks for explanations
Former Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who is part of the national unity government formed after the October 7 attack, posted in harsh tones: “Journalists who were found to have known about the massacre, and yet chose to stand idly by spectators while children were slaughtered, they are no different from terrorists and should be treated as such“, wrote Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office says it has sent a letter to the heads of international media offices asking for explanations regarding the use of photographs taken by journalists during the October 7 Hamas attack.
“These journalists were complicit in crimes against humanity. Their actions were contrary to professional ethics,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
CNN has terminated cooperation with Hassan Eslaya
CNN has announced that it has terminated cooperation with Hassan Eslaya.
The Associated Press for its part stressed that he had no prior knowledge of the October 7 attacks.
Rebuttal by Reuters – The times the photos they published were taken
Reuters news agency has denied any prior knowledge of the surprise attack by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7.
“We are aware of the allegations leveled against two freelance photographers who contributed to Reuters coverage on 7 October. We obtained photos from two Gazan photographers who were on the border, with whom we had no previous relationship.
The pictures published by Reuters were taken two hours after Hamas fired rockets and 45 minutes after Israel said terrorists had crossed the border. Reuters journalists were not in the field at the points identified in the investigation,” the international agency said.
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