PA threatens to kill news workers if broadcast photos of celebrating
Aaron Lerner Date: 12 September 2001
Israel Radio correspondent Danny Zaken reported on the noon news program
that while hundreds of Palestinians went out to the streets in many cities
in Judea and Samaria (but not Gaza) to celebrate the attacks against the
United States - distributing candy, waving flags, honking horns and shooting
in the air in joy, coverage by the foreign news was typically limited to
According to Zaken, at least two news organizations, a large news agency and
a foreign TV network, had footage of the celebrations in Nablus and Ramallah
that included Palestinian policemen shooting in the air in joy within a
crowd of hundreds.
They declined, Zaken reports, to broadcast the material after senior
officials in the Palestinian Authority - including PA ministers who are
frequently interviewed by the media - contacted the heads of the news
organizations, threatening the lives of the cameramen and stringers in the
field and that if they broadcast the reports that they would not be allowed
to cover events within the Authority in the future.
The news agencies declined to comment to Israel Radio.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director
IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-5480092
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