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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hamas assaults journalists from BBC, Sky News

Palestine Press Agency and Wafa report that Hamas beat three journalists today, and abducted one.

According to the story, the beaten journalists were Mohammed Mashharawi from Sky News, Adnan al-Barsh from BBC Arabic service, and Amer Abu Omar. They were covering a mass wedding in Gaza.

Mashharawi was reportedly abducted by Hamas.

There is nothing on this in the media yet.

Mohammed Mashharawi
Ironically, Adnan al-Barsh said last year that he and other Palestinian Arab journalists would never abandon their desire to report on the truth and support the cause of their people - no matter how much Israel intimidates them. It will be most interesting to see if he reports on his own little run-in with the people who control the place he works.

In fact, it will be interesting to see which, if any, Western media and human-rights organizations make a stink over this.

(I found videos of Mashharawi on Al Quds TV, which is Hamas' station, from last year.)