BEIRUT

Middle East

NBC pulls out Gaza reporter who detailed beach killings

Mohyeldin is well-known for his professional on-ground reporting in the Middle East. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: American TV network NBC’s leading correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza Thursday after he reported the Israeli airstrike on a Gaza beach that killed four Palestinian children.

Mohyeldin had tweeted that just before the death of the children, he was “kicking a ball” with them on the beach. He provided the most detail on the death of the children, who ranged in age from 9 to 11 and were from the same family.

He conducted exclusive interviews with the victims’ parents and with a wounded child as they prepared to enter the operation room, and was later interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to give his account.

Despite his extensive coverage, Mohyeldin was missing from the primetime newscast covering the incident, leading to complaints Wednesday from his fellow journalists. Although his recorded reports were used by the channel, Mohyeldin was not called to give a first-person perspective on the events.

The Intercept later reported that a top NBC executive, David Verdi, had ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.

The network has not officially commented on why Mohyeldin is no longer reporting from Gaza. But NBC executives reportedly told The Intercept that the decision was based on “security concerns,” in light of Israel’s decision to launch a ground offensive Thursday night.

However, just after removing Mohyeldin, the network decided to send its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, into Gaza.

Adding to the controversy, Mohyeldin removed two posts from his Twitter and Facebook accounts in which he reported that a U.S. State Department spokesperson blamed Hamas for the Israeli killings.

“The U.S. State Department spokesperson just said that Hamas is ultimately responsible for Israel shelling and killing 4 boys who were cousins aged 9-11 because Hamas didn’t accept the cease-fire. Discuss among yourselves,” he had posted on Facebook.

After Mohyeldin’s controversial disappearance from social and broadcast media, the Twitter hash tag “#LetAymanReport” went viral, with the help of U.S. channels’ foreign correspondents.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 19, 2014, on page 10.

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus
Summary

American TV network NBC's leading correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza Thursday after he reported the Israeli airstrike on a Gaza beach that killed four Palestinian children.

The Intercept later reported that a top NBC executive, David Verdi, had ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.

The network has not officially commented on why Mohyeldin is no longer reporting from Gaza.

However, just after removing Mohyeldin, the network decided to send its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, into Gaza.


Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here