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Israeli army tells foreign journos to blog off
Russian war correspondent Sergey Grankin has reported from Iraq, Kosovo and West Bank, but right now he can’t get into Gaza – and it’s not because he’s afraid to go there. Since Monday journalists have been unable to film tanks on the Gaza-Israel border, as the area has been declared a closed military zone. Sergey has been discussing with his editor what to do. Each day he goes to the border but is stopped by the Israeli army who say it’s for his own protection. “All the pictures that are coming out of Gaza are being filmed by Hamas’ people, or people under the control of Hamas. Many of the pictures have been censored, like sometimes when the Israeli army shoots and dozens of people are left dead. The only pictures we see are pictures of dead children. If there were independent journalists inside, maybe they’d be criticising the Israeli operation, but at least they’d be giving a different side about what is happening,” Grankin says. “Hamas is targeting the crossings very heavily. Up until six-seven weeks ago journalists went in and out of Gaza. This is something relatively new because of the heavy mortar shelling on the crossings,” clarified Major Avital Leibovich, head of the Israeli Army’s Foreign Press Division. “I think this is the reaction of people who want to hide something. The less this tragedy is filmed, the more chances there are for the Israeli army to continue its operation. It’s my decision if I’m ready to risk my life or not, to bring this story to my viewers. It’s not their business to deal with this.” Grankin objects.


January 2, 2009 - Posted by | Assault on Free Speech, Israeli-Arab Conflict

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