I have just published a report on journalists in Gaza.
Hamas, NGOs, and key media figures have been spreading an antisemitic conspiracy about Israel killing journalists in Gaza to silence them. Some well-known skewed ‘journalists’ like Alex Crawford at Sky News are consistently posting about journalists being killed. In this post she references 109 journalists dead – simply parroting raw Hamas propaganda:
While Hamas (and activist journos like Crawford) are claiming 109+ have died, the American NGO ‘Committee for Protecting Journalists’ (CPJ) claim it is about 70.
I took these lies as a challenge and did what I do best; I went looking for the social media accounts of the 107 journalists who had been named (to 4/1/24). I successfully found 100 of them. Today in the report I am publishing the results of what I found.
Working backwards to confirm journalists
It is impossible to overstate how bad the information circulating about these journalists is. It is easy to be dismissive and say that ‘Hamas’ lie, but many people have bought into this fiction, which is why I needed to address it. I focused on the CPJ list because it is given far more credit and legitimacy in the west. Having researched it thoroughly, the CPJ deserve nothing but shame.
What is effectively happening is that Hamas is making up stories in Gaza and using its international anti-Israel network to take the lies viral. Western media figures sympathise with the story of the dead journalists and rush to stand in solidarity with their ‘brave fallen colleagues’. Western NGOs (like the CPJ) take the exaggerated Hamas figure, dust off a few of the more obvious fake ones, and hold up the rest as genuine. That act of ‘professionalism’ earns them airtime with global news outlets such as the BBC.
The whole thing is bogus.
Hamas operatives as journalists
Half of the people that the CPJ list as journalists work for Hamas or Islamic Jihad channels. The CPJ admit some do, but either from ignorance or laziness they appear unaware of the others. In any case they still list them all as journalists. This is in direct breach of the CPJ’s own guidelines which says working for terrorist groups (they call them militants) should discount them. The situation is absurd.
Hassuna Salim has his own Telegram Channel. On the morning of 7 October he made 100s of celebratory posts. But he also posted this. It is a call from the Islamic Jihad for everyone to rise up, grab their weapon and fight. Calls such as these were the driver for 100s of ‘civilians’ to cross into Israel and rape and murder Israelis.
It is an offensive lie to refer to this person as a journalist. This is what the CPJ are protecting. It is disgraceful.
Forget the Hamas lies. Hamas are there to deceive. Part of the problem appears to be the CPJ did one-dimensional, lazy, and amateurish research. They took the Hamas list and worked backwards. They probably googled the name and if they found a couple of links in support then they ran with it themselves. This is working the wrong way round. To confirm someone is actually real they needed to find them online. They are looking for journalists, not hermits. I found 100 accounts – which meant this is all public – so why didn’t the CPJ?
Because the CPJ did not research properly, the entire CPJ list was full of errors and the report gives dozens of examples. It also means that to the CPJ the subject never became a real person. It is how I know many of those included in the lists are not journalists at all.
By linking to their social media, I could see their images, their connections, and the real-world ‘flavour’ of the account.
For example, Mohamed Ayash made a post in June mourning the loss of his best friend. In July, when he had a baby, he even named the baby after his friend. His best friend’s name was Mohieddin al-Sadoudi – a Hamas terrorist – who died in a training accident.
Time after time I saw brothers, cousins, fathers, and sons of these ‘journalists’ posting images of themselves with weapons, images of Hamas material, or images of dead ‘martyr’ relatives.
Journalists dying at work
This is really important because the majority of journalists died at home, not at work. It is another area in which the CPJ have lost the plot. This is from their list:
Note the list suggests they died on dangerous assignment. They didn’t. All three died at home. In addition, note also that two of them (Balousha and Bhar) worked for media run by proscribed terrorist groups. This all causes huge mistakes which the report goes in to in detail.
If someone works for the media of a terror group, and the family is aligned with that terror group, and they died at home – how can the CPJ possibly claim journalism had anything to do with their death. 30/35 of the CPJ ‘journalists’ who worked for terrorist media, died at home. The CPJ list is just ridiculous.
Support for terrorism
Another part of the report shows how many of these people supported terrorist attacks that murdered innocent civilians. In total around 70% did. Which means there are examples of 54 ‘journalists’ who posted multiple celebrations such as this one – posted as seven Israelis were slaughtered outside a synagogue in Jerusalem on January 27 2023.
The report runs to 150 pages and includes many examples / issues not covered here. It is full of evidence and there is far too much to cover in a single article. The bottom line is simple; Israel is not targeting journalists. This is just another antisemitic lie going mainstream.
The report is downloadable here.
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