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Hamas attacks Gaza news bureaus; Yemen ousts reporters

Following a demonstration in Gaza City, Hamas security personnel stormed the bureaus of Reuters, CNN, and the Japanese news channel NHK, attacking journalists, confiscating tapes, and destroying equipment, CNN and others reported. Security forces hit a Reuters employee with an iron bar, threatened to throw another out of a window, and smashed a television and computer keyboard, Crispian Balmer, the news organization's bureau chief for Israel and Palestinian Territories, told CNN and The Associated Press. Security personnel also searched CNN's offices for footage of today's demonstration, CNN said, and confiscated an NHK tape, according to NHK Jerusalem bureau chief Disuke Iijima.

"Today's attack on media offices and working journalists in Gaza is a brazen attempt to censor the news," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "Hamas must understand that violence against media, who are the eyes and ears of the people, will only erode its own legitimacy--both domestically and internationally."

Following the raid, journalists held a sit-in to denounce the government's treatment of media. This is the second attack on media in Gaza in less than a week by Hamas security personnel. On Tuesday, Hamas security forces attacked journalists as they were covering demonstrations. Multiple journalists were injured, and one was reportedly stabbed.

In Yemen early this morning, authorities expelled Al-Jazeera correspondents Ahmad Zeidan and Abdel Haq Sadah. The two journalists were dispatched to Yemen to help cover the country's spreading social unrest and the government's violent response. Both were covering events in the capital, Sana'a, as the channel's permanent local reporters spread out to provincial cities to cover events there.

Al-Jazeera reported that the government did not notify its Sana'a bureau chief of the expulsion or provide justification for its actions. The expulsion comes after Al-Jazeera's extensive coverage of events on Friday, the bloodiest day of the two-month-long uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year long rule. The violence left at least 44 civilians dead in Sana'a alone, among them Jamal al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar. A BBC cameraman was shot in the shoulder during the same assault, the news outlet said.

Earlier this week, Yemen expelled six other international journalists in an effort to limit coverage of the widespread revolt and the government's response. Al-Jazeera also reported that in previous weeks it has received threats to its bureaus, its employees, and their families. Some equipment has also been confiscated.

http://www.cpj.org/2011/03/hamas-attacks-gaza-news-bureaus-yemen-ousts-report.php


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Added: Mar-21-2011 Occurred On: Mar-20-2011
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  • The world is so much better with Bush gone, wait a minute it's worse, the CHANGE

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    • The most worrying is what's to come next from Obama change.

      Obama voters are total joke.

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    • Whats retarded is you thinking that things happening in other countries have something to do with Obama. Bush wouldn't have been able to do anything about this either. All you blame obama first assholes need to just shut the fuck up for five minutes, you're the exact same if not worse than the blame Bush crowd you are always complaining about.

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    • Personaly i think is that these things were put into motion by Bush and now it has grown to the point where it kind of keeps going on its own. It is also possible that Obama taking the office had somekind of effect but i feel that it was more of the "he is not Bush" -effect and it lessened resistance that arabs had on anything associated with bush. But i don't see any of this having anything to do with something that Obama did.

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  • Let the stonings begin!

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  • If only all the whiners would shut up for a second and let Israel do its job properly, Gaza would be a heavenly place

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  • This is getting absolutely zero play in the mainstream media.

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  • I like humus

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  • Interesting that al-J is coming into conflict with Hamas, usually its supportive.

    Hamas will have to bend the knee eventually here, no way it can take on al-Jazeera

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  • i mentioned it in one of my posts the day before- but according to ynet the attackers claimed they are from hamas, while hamas condemed the attack and declared they are not from hamas.
    it could also be islamic jihad or other fraction,wishing to embarrese hamas (like they do with their rockets launching twords israel every time hamas asks them to stop...).

    is the photo reall or illustrated??

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  • Not really to do with this post, but one of my pet peeves is "Iron Bars". It's a journalistic cliche that stands the test of time.

    When was the last time you went to the hardware store and ordered a 3 foot length of iron bar?

    Since the mid 1800s chaps steel has been the metal of choice.

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