Press TV — July 18, 2014
American network NBC News has pulled out its correspondent Ayman Mohyeddin from the Gaza Strip following his unbiased coverage of the Israeli regime’s atrocities in the besieged Palestinian enclave.
The NBC News correspondent, who personally witnessed the Israeli military’s brutal murdering of four Palestinian boys who were playing on a beach in Gaza on Wednesday, was ordered by the network’s executives to leave the Palestinian territory immediately.
Mohyeddin’s witness account of the killing of the four young boys by Israeli gunboat fire has gone viral online. On the air, Mohyeldin recounted how, moments before their death, he was kicking a soccer ball with the four boys, who were between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family.
According to an NBC source, the network’s executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” amid reports that an Israeli military’s ground incursion into Gaza was looming.
This is while the news outlet dispatched another correspondent, Richard Engel, to Gaza late on Wednesday to replace Mohyeddin. Engel was accompanied by an American producer, who has never been to Gaza and does not speak Arabic, according to sources familiar with the issue.
The network refused on Thursday to issue any further public comments. It also failed to explain why the security issues that demanded Mohyeddin’s exit from Gaza did not apply to Engel.
The move by the NBC to pull out Mohyeddin has been widely criticized by experts and the public alike, triggering an online campaign called “Let Ayman Report.”
Like many other mainstream media outlets in the US, the NBC News is also known for censoring various stories it finds against the US and the Israeli regime’s interests.