January 14, 2009

Gaza media coverage – BBC bits and bobs

Just a couple of other things I picked up today from the BBC. 1. Here’s Robin Lustig’s blog again, writing from a point of view on Gaza. “You want to know what it’s like in Gaza at the moment? It’s Hell on earth. But that’s nothing new – it’s always Hell on earth here. Since […]

January 13, 2009

Inside the Gaza tunnels

Two journalists, one living in Gaza and one living in Israel, work together to produce a report on the tunnels that link Egypt and Gaza, Zouheir Alnajjar, a Collective Journalism contributor who lives in Gaza, and Jaron Gilinsky, a CJ Contributor living in Israel, show us two inside perspectives on the war in Gaza. Their […]

January 12, 2009

Media should be abolished from reporting

I really do not know what to say about this guy… Why don’t we all just give up and go home? Joe the plumber/war correspondent/all round idiot says War is no place for journalists. You’ve got to admit, this is probably the first, the last and the only time you’ll ever hear a “war correspondent” […]

January 10, 2009

Ala Mortaji killed in Gaza as media outlets targetted

Ala Mortaji, a radio journalist in Gaza, has died on Friday from wounds sustained when Israeli tanks fired at his home in Zaitoun district of Gaza City, Mortaji is the third journalist to be killed in the Israeli violence in Gaza, he worked as a radio broadcast personality in Gaza on a local radio show. […]

January 9, 2009

Palestinian camerman Ihab Al-Wahidi killed in Gaza

Ihab Al-Wahidi, a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza, was reportedly killed on Thursday after two tank shells hit his apartment in the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood south of Gaza City. Wahidi was employed by Palestine TV and has previously worked as Yasser Arrafat’s cameraman. His mother and wife were also killed in the attack.(UPDATE: The IFJ […]

January 9, 2009

Gaza media coverage – official sources and numbers

Journalists like using ‘official sources’ of information. The theory (take a look at Herbert Gans among others) is that (in a democracy) government spokespeople, the police, officials, press officers etc are more useful to a journalist than other sources. They have access to information, are able to find out data, know people that know people, […]

January 8, 2009

Gaza media coverage – war 2.0, social media and cyberwar

War 2.0 Adrian Monck assesses Israel’s online propaganda operation. He notes: “Back in January 2008, 26 IDF ‘combat cameramen’ held a fortnight long exercise with US military camera teams, and were “drilled in the use of wireless image transmission technology.” Which is interesting. You can’t help but think that the IDF must have had a […]

January 7, 2009

Joe the War Correspondent

Joe the Plumber, who shot to fame when he questioned President elect barrack Obama about his tax plans, is heading to Israel. Yes, Joe the plumber is embarking upon a new career as… a war correspondent with the conservative website Don’t believe me, watch the video above and read on, Dubbed “Joe the Plumber” […]

January 7, 2009

For the truth to get out, journalists have to get in

Journalists still can’t get into Gaza. The Israeli government have banned media access to the war torn strip. The result for foreign reporters, on the 11th day of this war, is that hundreds of them sit at border points waiting to be granted access by Israeli authorities. The ban flies in the face of a […]

January 6, 2009

The Gaza fixer

Raed Atharmneh works as a fixer in the Gaza strip. Al Jazeera put together a documentary about him in 2007. It’s a timely reminder of the work of fixers and journalists in Gaza at a time when many media outlets can’t even access Gaza to report on the war. You can watch part one above […]

January 6, 2009

Gaza media coverage – alternative voices and blogs

News channels rely on far too few Israeli sources and do not represent the diversity of opinion on the conflict in Gaza, according to Jeff who commented on yesterday’s post: “There seems to be clear inconsistencies regarding the voices from Israel that are often heard on news channels vis-a-vis those which await adequate attention. It […]

January 5, 2009

Gaza media coverage – the propaganda war

As Israel continues its incursion into the Gaza Strip in response to recent rocket attacks by Hamas, there has already been some interesting discussion about media coverage of the conflict. A few days ago one of my colleagues at King’s posted a piece about the increasing strategic importance of the media in conflict. Citing a […]

December 29, 2008

Hamza Shahin killed in Gaza

Hamza Shahin, a photographer with the Shihab Media Agency in the Gaza Strip, has died of injuries he suffered some two weeks ago when Israeli tanks attacked in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the killing, “Israel’s ongoing attacks on Gaza present a serious risk to security […]

December 2, 2008

Amira Hass held for entering Gaza

Amira Hass, a reporter with Haaretz, was detained by the Sderot police last night for allegedly entering the Gaza Strip without a permit. She was stopped while returning from Gaza heading back to Israel, Chief Superintendent Shimon Nahmani, commander of the Sderot police station, said Hass had entered Gaza by sea three weeks ago. Hass […]

October 2, 2008

LIVE tonight: Abdul Bari Atwan – From the Refugee Camp to the Front Page

[video:bliptv:1322728] Ian Black, Middle Eastern editor for The Guardian, will be in conversation with Abdul Bari Atwan tonight – Thu 2nd October, 7.30pm UK time/10.30am PST. As usual, we will be broadcasting the event on the Frontline Club live channel, so if you can’t make it in person do please come and join us online. […]

August 21, 2008

Israeli investigation into the beating of Mohammed Omer

Mohammed Omer, winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn prize for journalism was beaten by Israeli security guards upon his return home to Gaza in June. We blogged about it at the time. Stuart Littlewood, author of Radio Free Palestine, writes in The People’s Voice that he has received an explanation “of sorts” for the treatment […]

August 14, 2008

Israeli soldiers off the hook over Fadel Shana killing

David Schlesinger talks about his disappointment in the report this week from Israel’s senior military lawyer stating that Israeli forces will not face legal action following the killing of Reuters man Fadel Shana, I’ve written before that a camera is not a weapon, that a journalist is not a combatant, that the pen and the […]

July 7, 2008

Mohammed Omer chronicles his beating

Mohammed Omer, the Gaza-based Palestinian journalist who recently recieved the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, gives a full and frank account of the treatment he received at the hands of Israeli security officers upon his journey home to Gaza, As the beating, scratching and assaults continued, I was sure my body and face must […]

June 30, 2008

Mohammed Omer beaten unconscious

The People’s Voice reports that Mohammed Omer, the Gaza-based journalist and winner of a BAFTA award, was allegedly beaten unconscious by Israeli troops on his way back home to Gaza, My dear friend and brother Mohammed Omer returned to his native Gaza Strip on Thursday… literally unconscious and unable to speak after being beaten and […]

June 24, 2008

The Inquirer Award 2008

Richard Makepeace, the British Consul General in Jerusalem, today launched The Inquirer Award 2008 which aims to celebrate the very best in investigative reporting from the Middle East. The award will be managed by Thomson Foundation, Print and television journalists will compete for The Inquirer Award 2008 which aims to find the journalist who can […]

June 23, 2008

Mohammed Omer makes it to London

BAFTA award winner Mohammed Omer, journalist and Gaza Correspondent for the Washington Report accepted his award in London at the weekend. To say Mohammed had a difficult journey out of Gaza to the awards is something of an understatement. Click the image above to watch Mohammed’s acceptance speech introduced by John Pilger. via The People’s […]

June 17, 2008

Cameras not guns

David Schlesinger, Reuters editor-in-chief, writes on the Reuters Editors blog about journalism safety and the case of Fadel Shana – the Reuters cameraman who was killed by an Israeli tank shell, A military that has sophisticated intelligence and identification methods can learn to tell a camera from a gun. A military that works hard to […]

June 16, 2008

A year on

Alan Johnston talks to The Times about his life just over a year since he was kidnapped in Gaza. July will mark one year since his release, “I tried to make it a normal day, but I could remember everything that was happening to me that day a year ago,” he says. “I could remember […]

June 12, 2008

No sleep in Stockholm

Mohammed Omer, winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn prize, talks to Menassat in Stockholm. The biggest problem for the Rafah resident in the Swedish capital? He can’t sleep, it’s too quiet. No bombs, “It’s strange. I can hardly sleep here. Where I come from, quietness represents the calm before the storm. Whenever Israel attacks Gaza […]

June 9, 2008

From Gaza to London

Mohammed Omar, in an article republished by the International Middle East Media Center, tries to work out a way to get from Gaza to collect the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London next week, How can I get out at a time when Israel is not allowing even the most urgent medical cases […]

May 15, 2008

Reuters seek truth behind death of Fadel Shana

A month after Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza strip, the news organisation still has no explanation from Israeli authorities as to why he was targetted, “A month has passed since Fadel Shana was killed by Israeli forces while responsibly going about his professional duties,” said Reuters […]

April 17, 2008

Fadel Shana buried in Gaza

Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana was buried today in Gaza City. The 23 year old was one of three killed yesterday near the Bureij refugee camp when an Israeli tank fired upon the car they were in, Reuters released the final video taken by Mr Shana in the seconds before his death. The footage shows a […]

January 31, 2008

Mohammed Al-Aarabid discusses his arrest in Gaza

Reporters Without Borders talks to Mohammed Al-Aarabid about his recent arrest in the Gaza Strip. Al-Aarabid is a cameraman with the French news agency Blue Press. He was arrested at his home in Gaza on 27 January 2008. After interogation in a detention centre he was released on 29 January, “They asked me if I […]

January 29, 2008

No room at the inn

Reporting on the Gaza problem from Rafah in Egypt. NBC News Producer Charlene Gubash, tells us how it is for her Palestinian colleagues, On Saturday, hotels were ordered to turn away Palestinian guests. Our Palestinian colleague was forced to spend a cold night in the car because the hotel refused to accept him. “I am […]

November 23, 2007

Grilling Johnston

Alan Johnston is answering questions on the Guardian’s Organ Grinder blog NOW…. Here’s a snippet, Do you think you’ll go back to Gaza sometime? AJ: I lived in Gaza for three years, it became my home and a huge part of my life. I’d love to go back and see many people. It would be […]