The government of Israel on Thursday demanded immediate action against photojournalists working with international media organizations for allegedly having “joined in covering the brutal acts” of Hamas amid war in the country.
Taking to X, the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel wrote,
“The National Public Diplomacy Directorate in the PMO views with utmost gravity that photojournalists working with international media joined in covering the brutal acts of murder perpetrated by Hamas terrorists on October 7th in the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip.”
“These journalists were accomplices in crimes against humanity; their actions were contrary to professional ethics,” it said.“
Overnight, the GPO issued an urgent letter to the bureau chiefs of the media organizations that employed these photographers and sought clarifications on the matter. The National Public Diplomacy Directorate demands immediate action be taken,” the PM’s Office stated further.
The development came after an Israeli diplomat shared a report from a media watchdog in the country that claimed photojournalists were captured on camera while Hamas terrorists attacked the border area in Israel.
The Consul General of Israel in Toronto, Idit Shamir, cited a report published by media watchdog ‘HonestReporting’ and termed it a “shocking expose.”
The report identified six freelance photojournalists working for international news organizations, including Reuters, CNN, and AP, who were present during the Hamas’ attack on Israel.
The report claimed that the journalists had prior knowledge about these attacks. “Reuters acquired photographs from two Gaza-based freelance photographers who were at the border on the morning of October 7, with whom it did not have a prior relationship,” the news agency said.
CNN said it had cut off ties with Hassan Eslaiah, one of the six photojournalists, a report by the Washington Times said.