Masoud, a photographer who contributes to the New York Times, crossed into Israeli territory to photograph damaged military vehicles. Freelancers for the AP, Mahmud and Ali were also somehow present at that early hour to document the graphic abduction of Israelis into Gaza. Mahmud took pictures of the horrific images of the German-Israeli Shani Louk being loaded onto a pickup truck. Louk was later declared dead.
And here is footage of Eslaiah after he crossed into Israel and took photos of a burning Israeli tank. He then captured infiltrators entering Kibbutz Kfar Azza.Note that he is not identifiable as a member of the press. But AP & CNN deemed it acceptable to use his services. pic.twitter.com/fA0VI2df2i — HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) November 8, 2023
While the job of photojournalists in war zones is undeniably difficult, they still have a moral and ethical responsibility. Honest Reporting raises another important question: Since the planning of these attacks goes back months or possibly years, is it possible that these journalists knew about the attacks beforehand? What other explanation could there be for the fact that they were all lucky enough to be in the right place at the right with their cameras to capture this attack? Even if the news outlets were not made aware of these attacks beforehand, surely they must have realized that something was off when all these freelancers just happened to be there early on a Saturday morning to capture these graphic images. Was it then ethical to purchase and use photographs that may be tied to terrorism? If this story is true, it would confirm accusations that true journalism is dead and that some members of mainstream media have become complicit actors in propaganda efforts rather than trusted documentarians of events.
Really crazy story:A complete investigation that proves how photographers working for the New York Times, CNN, AP and Reuters moved with the Nohva forces from the first moments of the attack, documenting, among other things, a kidnapping, lynching of the body of an IDF soldier,… pic.twitter.com/3XU3qyzHpS — Mossad Commentary (@MOSSADil) November 8, 2023
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