Forum Views ()
Forum Replies ()
Read more with google mobile :
Armed men attack
Photos of the week
Our top photos from the past week. Full Article
Armed men attack Reuters Gaza bureau
GAZA (Reuters) - Several armed men entered Reuters' office in Gaza on Saturday, threatened employees with guns and took away a video camera, apparently after they spotted a reporter filming a demonstration from the building. The men struck one...
Yemen in state of emergency after protest massacre
Fri, Mar 18 2011
Bahrain declares martial law, violence flares
Tue, Mar 15 2011
Violent protests across Yemen, 3 soldiers dead
Mon, Mar 14 2011
Israel to build settler homes after Palestinian attack
Sun, Mar 13 2011
Jewish couple and three children killed in W.Bank
Sun, Mar 13 2011
Analysis & Opinion
Obama, guns and media control
COLUMN – U.S. Libya sanctions: vendors beware â€” and beware of your vendors
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:10pm EDT
GAZA (Reuters) - Several armed men entered Reuters' office in Gaza on Saturday, threatened employees with guns and took away a video camera, apparently after they spotted a reporter filming a demonstration from the building. The men struck one Reuters journalist on the arm with a metal bar and threatened to throw another out of the window of the high-rise block. The group, which numbered about 10 men, smashed a television set and other equipment before leaving.
The same group, several of whom were carrying pistols, also forcibly entered the nearby offices of U.S. broadcaster CNN and the Japanese station NHK. They seized videotape at NHK.
The men told Reuters journalists that they came from the internal security services of Hamas, the Islamist group which governs the Palestinian enclave, but they showed no documents.
A senior official of Hamas condemned the violence and denied that the group was involved in the attack:
"Initial information shows these men were not from the government. We have arrested some of them and we are going to interrogate them and see who they were acting for," Interior Minister Fathi Hammad told reporters.
He added that he had told all security services to treat journalists with respect and prevent attacks on them.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said: "We are extremely concerned at this unwarranted assault on our staff and urge the authorities to ensure that journalists can work freely in Gaza." The Reuters staff attacked were Palestinian. The violence flared shortly after uniformed Hamas security forces broke up a small rally which had been called to call for Palestinian unity and reconciliation between Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's rival Fatah group.
Reuters had filmed a journalist from the Associated Press being detained at the protest. The man was later released, AP said.
After the attack on the Reuters newsroom, more than 100 Palestinian journalists staged a sit-in in the street in Gaza to condemn the violence and to demand a full investigation.
It was the second time in a week that media organizations have came under attack in Gaza. Witnesses said security forces beat photographers and cameramen on Tuesday as they tried to film another Palestinian unity rally in the city.
The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists in both Israel and the Palestinian Territories, condemned the March 15 crackdown: "This is the latest in a string of chilling attacks on reporters in Gaza," it said in a statement.
Hamas denied accusations that it was responsible for the violence, blaming the assault on "different youth groups."
Hamas won parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Territories in 2006 and seized control of the Gaza Strip 18 months later after a brief civil war with Abbas's movement.
Fatah controls the nearby West Bank and numerous attempts to reconcile the two Palestinian factions have failed.
(Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language, all capital letters or appear to be spam, and we review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters.
Media ought not be political in their writings, just the same though hope everyone comes out of this safe.
Mar 19, 2011 2:32pm EDT -- Report as abuse
Hamas: Thugs and criminals whose actions cannot stand the light of day. Hamas claims to be defenders of Palestinians and a voice of the people but they fear the truth and attack any attempt by Palistinians to voice opposition to their policies or actions. Typical totalitarian rule. Opposition and non conformity are not tolerated. The people’s views and opinions must conform to Hamas’ agenda or they face severe consequences.
Mar 19, 2011 4:44pm EDT -- Report as abuse
See All Comments »
Add Your Comment
Social Stream (What's this?)
© Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters
Advertise With Us
Professional Products Support
About Thomson Reuters
Venture Capital Journal
International Financing Review
Project Finance International
Reuters on Facebook
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.
Other News on Sunday, 20 March 2011
Aristide not on Haiti ballot but on voters' minds
Israeli shells hit Gaza after militant mortar attack
Armed men attack
Ivorian youth leaders tells followers to join army
Western warplanes, missiles hit Libyan targets
Quake toll rises as Japan battles nuclear crisis
Bahrain's main opposition groups ease demands
Stability at stake in close Haiti run-off vote
Egyptians vote on reform
Ricky Martin gets top award by GLAAD
Arab unrest spreads to Syria, thousands march
Yemen's U.N. envoy quits over violence to protesters
Saudis gather to demand release of prisoners
Thousands in Morocco march for rights, end to graft
Egypt to declare result of constitution referendum
Yemeni troops on streets as two party members quit
Greece at new risk of being pushed off euro
Bodies of missing Tenn. mom, Jo Ann Bain, and daughter found
Female Breasts Are Bigger Than Ever
AMD Trinity Accelerated Processing Units Now in Volume Production
The Avengers (2012 film), made the second biggest opening- and single-day gross of all-time
AMD to Start Production of piledriver
Ivy Bridge Quad-Core, Four-Thread Desktop CPUs
Islamists Protest Lady Gaga's Concert in Indonesia
Japan Successfully Broadcasts an 8K Signal Over the Air
ECB boosts loans to 1 trillion Euro to stop credit crunch
Egypt : Mohammed Morsi won with 52 percent
What do you call 100,000 Frenchmen with their hands up
AMD Launches AMD Embedded R-Series APU Platform
Fed Should not Ignore Emerging Market Crisis
Fed casts shadow over India, emerging markets
Why are Chinese tourists so rude? A few insights