GOP Investigating Media Link To Hamas

Republican lawmakers last week sent a letter to the heads of four news outlets, including the Associated Press and CNN, seeking answers on their decision to contract with six freelance photojournalists known to have embedded with Hamas during the October 7 terror attack in Israel, the Washington Examiner reported.

Last month, the media watchdog group Honest Reporting revealed that many of the photos published in Reuters, CNN, the Associated Press, and the New York Times showing the atrocities Hamas committed were taken by photojournalists, Hassan Eslaiah, Ali Mahmud, Yousef Masoud, Mohammed Fayq Abu Mostafa, Hatem Ali, and Yasser Qudih while they were embedded with the Hamas fighters on the morning of the October 7 attack.

In a letter to CNN CEO Mark Thompson, Associated Press CEO Daisy Verra, New York Times CEO Meredith Kopit Levien, and Reuters President Paul Bascobert, Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde demanded clarification and details about the photographers’ connection to the outlets, what ethical or policy obligations the outlets had to notify authorities of the “impending violence,” and if the news outlets communicated with any government officials to alert them of the pending attack.

Of particular concern for Rep. Clyde is that all of the photographers just happened to be on hand as Hamas fighters attacked and slaughtered civilians on October 7, suggesting that they might have had advanced knowledge of the planned attack and not only failed to notify the authorities but may have actively participated in the attack as the photograph showing one of the photographers carrying weapons appeared to suggest.

Clyde noted that the photographers could be “accomplices in war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

In his letter, Rep. Clyde gave the outlets until December 22 to provide the information requested. He closed by warning that the House committees were prepared to use their “oversight authority to fully investigate this matter and ensure proper accountability.”

Fourteen other House Republicans signed onto Clyde’s letter.