Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, accused photographers embedded with Hamas during their attack on Israel as being complicit in terrorism.
The photographers, working with major media outlets at the time, captured the attack in which 1,400 Israeli civilians were killed.
Israel’s internal security agency announced plans to eliminate those involved, raising questions about the photographers’ prior knowledge of the attack.
CNN photographer shares a kiss with Hamas terrorists.
The mainstream media reportedly had photographers hired prior and during the massacre on innocent Israeli citizens. pic.twitter.com/AHHi6LED7H
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“Those who join forces with terrorists to illegally and destructively infiltrate Israeli communities in the early hours are terrorists themselves,” said former top diplomat Danny Danon.
“Likewise, those who actively participate in the photographing and filming of the most savage crimes against humanity are themselves criminals.”
“Israel’s internal security agency announced that they will eliminate all participants of the October 7 massacre,” Danon said. “The ‘photojournalists’ who took part in recording the assault will be added to that list.”
“The role of the AP is to gather information on breaking news events around the world, wherever they happen, even when those events are horrific and cause mass casualties,” Nicole Meir said. “AP uses images taken by freelancers around the world, including in Gaza.”
The outlets have since distanced themselves, stating they were unaware of the photographers’ affiliations with terrorists.
CNN suspended a Gaza-based journalist, Hassan Eslaiah, who was also seen with Hamas leadership.
“We are aware of the article and photo concerning Hassan Eslaiah, a freelance photojournalist who has worked with a number of international and Israeli outlets,” CNN press officer Train Kumar stated.
“While we have not at this time found reason to doubt the journalistic accuracy of the work he has done for us, we have decided to suspend all ties with him,” Kumar added.
The media watchdog, Honest Reporting, criticized the outlets for purchasing images captured under such circumstances, calling for a redefinition of journalism’s ethical boundaries.
“When international news agencies decide to pay for material that has been captured under such problematic circumstances, their standards may be questioned and their audience deserves to know about it,” they wrote.
“And if their people on the ground actively or passively collaborated with Hamas to get the shots, they should be called out to redefine the border between journalism and barbarism,” they added.
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