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Thursday, February 29, 2024 

News agencies AP and Reuters sued by victims of Hamas massacre

Two of the leading news syndication agencies have been sued by victims of the Hamas massacre for employing Hamas supporters. The first defendant in the lawsuit is the AP wire:
The Associated Press (AP) is being sued by plaintiffs affected by the October 7 massacre for knowingly supporting terrorism by purchasing photos from Hamas-linked journalists, including Gazans who participated in the October 7 massacre, the National Jewish Advocacy Center (NJAC) has announced.

The suit sought damages under the Anti-Terrorism Act and was filed to the Southern District of Florida on behalf of Israeli-Americans and Americans who were survivors, family members of victims, and those displaced by the attack.

The suit alleged that AP bought real-time photographs of the event, including those of hostages, from Hamas-affiliated Gazans. The NJAC, which is working with the plaintiffs’ legal team, contended that the AP ignored that some of the freelancers it paid had to have been participants in the cross-border raid, thereby aiding and abetting “Hamas in carrying out the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.”

[...] NJAC director Mark Goldfeder said that the matter was not one of freedom of speech but of terror financing. The fact that the photojournalists were freelancers did not absolve AP, he continued. NJAC argued that AP had been warned well in advance about at least one of these journalists but ignored evidence such as three-year-old photographs of the man posing with Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar.

One of the journalists alleged to have Hamas connections is Hassan Eslaiah, who rode into Israel on the back of a motorbike with Hamas members. CNN hired Eslaiah after October 7 as a freelancer and did not have “any reason to doubt the journalistic accuracy of the work he has done for us,” as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

Eslaiah took several photos of the massacre, such as burning tanks, but also a room filled with blood and bodies.
This article notes that Reuters is also accused of associating with Hamas terrorists:
Five families of victims of the Hamas massacre at the Nova music festival on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Reuters and the Associated Press. In their filing the families claimed that the news agencies published the reports and pictures of their teams who were on assignment with the invading terrorists who carried out the atrocities.

They said some of those "journalists" are affiliated with Hamas and took an active part in the massacre after entering Israel alongside the terrorists and were therefore accomplices to the worst of crimes.
What this horrifying tragedy last year proves is that news reporters can commit very heinous acts of evil. And it's just one more example of how repulsive news agencies really can be.

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