CAIRO: NBC announced July 18 it had reversed its decision to withdraw its reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza, after he witnessed and reported on the death of four Palestinian children by an Israeli strike.
The reversal followed a campaign on social media to reinstate the Egyptian-American reporter, under the hashtag #LetAymanReport, which also protested the appointment of Richard Engel, who does not speak Arabic, to cover the conflict.
American-Egyptian Mohyeldin had reported that four boys from the same family were killed by Israeli shelling Wednesday and showed how sorrow shrouded the family. “The 4 boys killed in Israel’s Gaza seaport shelling were from the same family. All were first cousins from the Bakr family 9 to 11 years old,” he posted on his Twitter account July 16.
“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days,” the statement read.
Mohyeldin thanked all people who supported him, tweeting “Thanks for all the support. I’m returning to Gaza to report. (I am) Proud of NBC’s continued commitment to cover the Palestinian side of the story.”
NBC is not the only media outlet accused of bias in covering the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict; CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was removed Friday after posting, “Israelis on a hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on Gaza; threaten to destroy our car if I say a wrong[k1] word. Scum.”
The tweet was removed after being retweeted more than 200 times, reported The Huffington Post. Magnay was reassigned to Moscow.
Hundreds of people protested Tuesday against BBC’s coverage of the conflict, accusing it of being biased towards Israel, The Independent said.
Although there some Western media newspapers are biased towards Israel, there are other media outlets that reflect the real situation in Palestine, Egyptian columnist and journalist Yasser Abdel Aziz told The Cairo Post Monday.
“Western media coverage on Gaza is improving comparing now to the Israeli attacks on the strip in 2008 and 2012,” he added. Some newspapers suffer lack of context as they did not note in their coverage that Gaza is still under the blockade and Israel is occupying these Palestinian territories; so the coverage is Politicized, Abdel Aziz continued.
Some western newspapers tackle the ongoing conflict as if both parts have equal military power, but the Israeli strikes target children and civilians, said Abeer al-Saady, journalist and member of the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists in remarks to The Cairo Post. “The coverage is greatly politicized and is not professional,” she added.
Tawfiq Okasha, owner of Faraeen Channel, said on air that Hamas, Qatar and Turkey were “lower than his shoes,” on July 3, and asked the people of Gaza to protest against Hamas.
Commenting on Hamas’s refusal to the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the state-owned T.V. anchor Hekmat Abdelhamid said “Hamas wanted to open the Rafah crossing permanently and put it under international supervision! It is either this or their death (by Israeli strikes) but it is not our business. Rafah is an Egyptian territory and Egypt is not a part of this dispute.”
If you have the text of the tweet, you can let the reader see for himself what it said, you dont’ need to label it as an insult. Also, she wasn’t talking about soldiers, she was talking about civilians. This is an important distinction.