Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon
Last week, Israeli police briefly detained Washington Post journalist William Booth - and the journalist community went nuts with articles about how Israel had no respect for freedom of the press, with the New York Times even comparing it to Iran's arrest and imprisonment of a reporter for 18 months.

Here's what Reuters reporter Luke Baker tweeted about it (among  other tweets):






Today, Hamas detained Baker himself. Instead of saying that it was "wholly unacceptable," though, Baker seemed to enjoy the experience:













Excuse me. Hamas could have given Baker a full day at a spa it wouldn't matter - a government detaining a journalist for no reason is a form of intimidation. Unless Baker could have freely refused to be questioned, he was being given a message that his actions in Gaza were being watched and that he should be careful not to upset the authorities.

In this case, there is no danger that Baker would ever say anything that would upset his Hamas buddies, and both Hamas and Baker know it. So he enjoyed his tea and chatted freely.

And no reporter's rights organization will say anything about this. If Baker didn't mind being given a clear message from Hamas to toe the line, why should anyone else?

Yes, Baker has double standards.  In this case, it is clear that Baker sympathizes more with Hamas authorities who torture and murder people who they disagree with than he does with Israel which had a real reason to detain a reporter.



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