Foreign Correspondents on PA Payroll

(Jerusalem Post) - Palestinian journalist Majida al-Batsh, a Palestinian affairs correspondent for the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), is also a reporter for Al-Ayyam, a Ramallah-based newspaper established and financed by the PA. One of AFP's correspondents in the Gaza Strip is Adel Zanoun, who also happens to be the chief reporter in the area for the PA's Voice of Palestine radio station AP journalist Muhammad Daraghmeh also works for the PA's Al-Ayyam. "It's like employing someone from the [Israeli] Government Press Office" to work as a journalist, comments a veteran foreign journalist based in Israel. "I also know of cases where former security prisoners have been hired as journalists and fixers for major news organizations, including American networks." "Can you imagine what the reactions would be if they hired an Israeli who had been in jail?" he added.

2005-01-20 00:00:00

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