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18/07/2014

NBC Pulls Veteran Reporter Ayman Mohyeldin From Gaza After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids

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Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?

NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died. He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his reporting, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive. Back in 2008 and 2009, when he worked for Al Jazeera, Mohyeldin and his colleague Sherine Tadros were the only Western journalists on the ground in Gaza as Israel killed 1,400 people in what it called „Operation Cast Lead.” We speak to Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, who has revealed that the decision to pull Mohyeldin from Gaza and remove him from reporting on the situation came from NBC executive David Verdi. Greenwald also comments on the broader picture of the coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict in the U.S. media.

This video is an excerpt from the Democracy Now! interview. Watch the full interview with Glenn Greenwald and Sharif Abdel Kouddous, plus additional Democracy Now! reports on Gaza in our archive.

UPDATE:

NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin returned to Gaza on Sunday, four days after network management told him to leave the conflict zone amid breaking news coverage.

His exit from Gaza had caused an uproar among his fans and fellow correspondents, some of whom wondered if Mohyeldin, the network’s only Arab-American correspondent in the region, was being censored by the network. Ultimately, the public backlash played a role in the network’s decision to reinstate him, according to interviews with NBC News employees.

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