A Palestinian journalist working for NBC News was reportedly arrested Thursday by Israeli authorities “on suspicion of inciting terrorism and identifying with a terrorist organization.”
The Jerusalem Post reported Saturday that Marwat Al-Azza, an independent producer living in East Jerusalem, was arrested in response to her social media posts regarding the October 7 Hamas attacks.
“These are very serious offenses during a time of declared war, when the respondent lives and earns his living in the same country under attack and yet chooses to incite and glorify the horrific acts committed against civilians,” said a police spokesperson in court. by The Post.
The newspaper reported that Al-Azza cooperated with authorities during her arrest and she admitted that the positions were precisely assigned to her.
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“She is a normative woman, committed to journalism, and her role is very important for everyone,” her lawyer said, according to the Post. “She was questioned as part of his investigation into her work. I believe she cooperated fully with the matters attributed to her.”
According to Haaretz, on October 7, Al-Azza wrote on Facebook about an elderly woman who was kidnapped: “It’s killing me, it’s a black comedy, the old woman looks happy, a little sad. action before dying.”
She also allegedly posted: “Sirens all the time, Jews are hiding and Arabs are drinking coffee on their balconies” and “I feel like I’m watching a movie with a Palestinian director and protagonists from Gaza.” . “
An NBC News spokesperson told Fox News Digital: “The investigation into Ms. Azza has nothing to do with NBC News. It is based on his personal publications on Facebook which predate his time with us as an independent. We were not aware of these publications before committing. Mrs. Azza four weeks ago. She will no longer contribute to our coverage in the future.
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The reporter was hired as a freelance producer by NBC News “around October 21,” according to a person familiar with the matter, adding that her work for NBC News “did not reveal any issues.”
The arrest comes as Western news agencies face intense scrutiny over Palestinian journalists they have hired to cover the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
CNN recently cut ties with independent photojournalist Hassan Eslaiah after an image resurfaced on social media showing him taking a selfie with a Hamas leader.
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