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Media demand Israel explain destruction of news offices

NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations demanded an explanation Saturday for an Israeli airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets.

5/15/2021 11:51:00 PM

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza .” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt and leaders of other news organizations demand an explanation for an Israel i airstrike that destroyed a Gaza City building housing AP offices and other media.

NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations demanded an explanation Saturday for an Israel i airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets.

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,”said. He said the American news agency was seeking information from the Israeli government and engaging with the U.S. State Department to learn more.ADVERTISEMENT

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Mostefa Souag, acting director-general of Al Jazeera Media Network, called the strike a “war crime” and a “clear act” to stop journalists from reporting on the conflict. Kuwait state television also had office space in the now-collapsed Gaza City building.

“The targeting of news organizations is completely unacceptable, even during an armed conflict. It represents a gross violation of human rights and internationally agreed norms,” Barbara Trionfi, the executive director of the International Press Institute, said. headtopics.com

In a standard Israeli response, the military said that Hamas was operating inside the building, and it accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields. But it provided no evidence to back up the claims.Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus claimed that Hamas used the building for a military intelligence office and weapons development. He said “a highly advanced technological tool” that the militant group used in the fighting was “within or on the building.”

But Conricus said he could not provide evidence to back up the claims without “compromising” intelligence efforts. He added, however: “I think it’s a legitimate request to see more information, and I will try to provide it.”Some press freedom advocates said the strike raised suspicions that Israel was trying to hinder coverage of the conflict. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists demanded Israel “provide a detailed and documented justification” for the strike.

“This latest attack on a building long known by Israel to house international media raises the specter that the Israel Defense Forces is deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza,” the group’s executive director, Joel Simon, said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENTan Israeli military statementthat prompted some news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, to erroneously report early Friday that Israel had launched a ground invasion of Gaza.Israeli military commentators said the media had been used in a ruse to lure Hamas militants into a deadly trap. Conricus denied that the military engaged in a deliberate deception when it tweeted falsely Friday that ground forces were engaging in Gaza, calling it “an honest mistake.” headtopics.com

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The AP, based on its analysis of the army’s statement, phone calls to military officials and on the ground reporting in Gaza, concluded there was no ground incursion and did not report there was one.The strike on a building known to have the offices of international media outlets came as a shock to reporters who had felt relatively protected there.

“Now, one can understand the feeling of the people whose homes have been destroyed by such kind of air attacks,” Al-Jazeera producer Safwat al-Kahlout, who was at the bureau in Gaza when the evacuation warning came, told the broadcaster Saturday. “It’s really difficult to wake up one day and then you realize that your office is not there with all the career experiences, memories that you’ve had.”

For 15 years, AP’s top floor offices and roof terrace on the now-destroyed building had provided a prime location for covering fighting in Gaza. The news agency’s camera offered 24-hour live shots this week as Hamas rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city.

Just a day before the bombing, AP correspondent Fares Akram wrote in a personalstorythat the AP office was the only place in Gaza were he felt “somewhat safe.”“The Israeli military has the coordinates of the high-rise, so it’s less likely a bomb will bring it crashing down,” Akram wrote. headtopics.com

The next day, Akramabout running from the building and watching its destruction from afar.The New York Times joined other news organizations in expressing alarm about the targeting of al-Jalaa tower.The ability of the press to report on the ground is an important issue that has an impact on citizens of every nation,” the newspaper’s vice president of communications, Danielle Rhoades Ha, said. “A free and independent press is essential to helping to inform people, bridge differences and end the conflict.”

___Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this story. Read more: The Associated Press »

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When Hams is stopped Since when dos the media have demand ability Terrorism has no religion FreePalaestine from IsraeliTerrorism IndiaStandWithIsrael Israeli reckless animals... Theifs taking land and homes from the poor. One day the tides will change and I pray the Palestinians do worse against the Israelis FreePalestine IsraeliTerrorism israel IsraeliPM Give another generation a reason!!

Why do you need more than a laptop and an internet connection? Just make up the news, like you do in The USA. World knows enough about Hamas. What is happening in Gaza is because of Hamas. If Gaza were to get rid of Hamas the whole place will be vibrant economy and wonderful place to be in. It is pathetic that MSM keeps giving misinformation. Why don't you call out Hamas and condemn?

The explanation is that it was done on purpose to prevent the truth from getting out about the war crimes the Israelis are committing against the Palestinians in their slow motion genocide and colonization of stolen land. 'News organisations demand an explanation...' How about we, as humans of earth, demand an explanation why news organisations barely mention china locking a MILLION people in slave camps. Raping and sterilising the women. Tens of thousands of children.

Do you at AP ever headline Israeli human rights violations? You should be reporting it constantly. Not just when bombs start dropping.

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Media will find a way to deliver news. I hate that the AP & other news orgs’ offices were destroyed, but maybe that will help you understand that headlines that equate anything the Palestinians can dole out with Israel’s massive firepower sounds stupid. They aren’t “clashing.” Israel is committing genocide.

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SethAbramson Yah. I think that was the point. Israel demands an explanation for why you were shielding Hamas terrorists. That’s why they did it This picture may help world to see the rockets being fired over Israel which can be taken as explanation for Israeli air strikes. How could they do that considering how much you've been kissing their asses!!

Media demand Israel explain destruction of news officesNews organizations are demanding an explanation Saturday for an Israel i airstrike that targeted and destroyed a Gaza City building housing the offices of The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets Apparently it's okay because Israeli military gave an hours notice. Why would they do that if they honestly believed Hamas were there? The narrative doesn't make sense at all Get rid of Netenyahu !!! Meanwhile, while waiting for this explanation, what don’t they want the media / world to see? Hate to think what’s happening there with no neutral eyes to report

Wtf! No explanation is needed! They don’t care about anything or anyone and are above the law! They bombed a residential and media building FFS! Yes please. Very weak statement, say it frankly, it is part of IsraeliTerrorism Seriously disgusting American media and hamas in the same room for 15 years ? Lol israel is teror state

When Hamas uses that building to store munitions, it is no longer a neutral site. It immediately becomes a tactical target. What does bandaid-on-the-nose boy not understand?

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Israel denounced for ‘deliberately targeting’ journalists and media outletsSeveral journalists have been injured, arrested or attacked in Jerusalem, while 21 media organisations were destroyed by Israel i airstrikes in Gaza . That are controlled by a terrorist org? Israel don't want the truth spread across the world about their atrocities. Even it is true they called you Anti- Semitic. There's another motive behind this attack,world's largest ethicsless weapon manufacture, F USA& ethicsless weapon inventor F Israel R playing drama here by killing the innocent people. Their live demo of iron dome missile defence system kills innocent Palestinians. freepalastine

Israel strike in Gaza destroys building with AP, other mediaAn Israel i airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets on Saturday, the latest step by the military to silence reporting from the territory amid its battle with the militant group Hamas . The strike came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the building, which also housed Al-Jazeera , other offices and residential apartments. The strike came hours after another Israel i air raid on a densely populated refugee camp in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, in the deadliest single strike of the current conflict. It's cruel, cruel, cruel summa! Oh my and how many rockets were fired first on Israel? Maybe they can report the whole truth of these wars? Say Israel gives warnings.