Hamas terrorists have imposed new censorship restrictions on journalists, both local and foreign, in Gaza.
Foreign correspondents said in a statement this week that the Hamas rulers of the region have told the journalists to submit their applications to work in the region five days before they are to start.
John Donison, a correspondent for the BBC, said Tuesday in a statement to the media, “I was told when I arrived this morning that my passport had to be checked by Hamas, to determine whether I had permission from the Internal Ministry to enter the sector. I was further informed that I needed to have applied for this five days before.”
Other correspondents confirmed that Hamas had asked them to sign a form indicated that if they published a piece critical of the terrorist organization, the Palestinian journalists working with them would bear responsibility for it.
Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall recently wrote that NGO workers enjoy being assigned to the Palestinian Authority because, contrary to public perception, the region is actually relatively safe and comfortable. He quoted a medical NGO worker as describing Gaza, Judea and Samaria as “the best kept secret in the aid industry.”
Marshall added, “Palestine remains a friendly place, welcoming, hospitable, full of air con, hi-fi, wi-fi and wine. Journalists also take advantage of this state of affairs, writing of the poverty and suffering of Gaza for example, before retiring to very expensive sea front hotels after an excellent dinner in one of the expensive fish restaurants.”