Hamas Furious Over Lackluster Al-Jazeera Coverage (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/12/12)
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Hamas charged on Monday that Al-Jazeera´s coverage of the escalating
violence in Gaza is "unprecedented" in its "lack of balance."
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri wrote on his Facebook page that Al-
Jazeera´s coverage of events in Gaza showed a "bias against
Palestinians" and that the Qatar-based news agency considered
them "less important" than other Arabs.
Abu Zuhri told the Hamas-affiliated Quds.net he was "puzzled" that
the rocket salvos fired from Gaza and Israeli counter-strikes were
not receiving more coverage.
He also described Al-Jazeera´s coverage as "downplayed and hashed
over," saying they were not taking the story "seriously."
Al-Jazeera´s reporting on the recent uptick in Gaza hostilities has
taken a strong ´Palestinian viewpoint´ lead, but also included quotes
from Israeli officials and an up-to-date account of rocket attacks on
It has also kept the events in Gaza in its leading news items on its
web-page since last Friday.
However, like most English-language news outlets from the Arab world,
Al-Jazeera has treated the events in Gaza as one of many stories
unfolding – and not its most important.
Events in Syria have uniformly dominated the Arab press in recent
days – followed by stories from Afghanistan, Gaza, and Nigeria.
Hamas security forces have increasingly targeted journalists in Gaza
in recent months, assaulting and kidnapping those whose coverage they
disaprove of. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/12/12)
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