Sinwar planned, executed and lead the October 7th attack which lead to the rape, murder and kidnapping of 1650 Israelis and others
AP, CNN, Reuters the NYTimes.com were all forced to deny prior knowledge of the October 7th Hamas massacre in Israel, after it became evident that all 4 organizations had employed a card-carrying Hamas terrorist to cover the events of October 7th.
Following the publications in Israel about the part of the Gazan journalist Hassan Eslaiah (a CNN freelancer) in documenting the massacre in Israel while joining Hamas on October 7th, Eslaiah posted a message on his Telegram channel (where there are almost 600 thousand followers):
"There is a lot of incitement against me now in the Israeli media following my coverage of the war in Gaza. I call on the relevant parties to bear responsibility. I warn against Israeli harm to press teams.. " Hassan Eslaiah posted to Telegram. "I am convinced that the security forces in Israel have the means to locate me quite easily... from the air."
There is a now famous photo of Yahie Sinwar kissing Hasan Eslaiah. Sinwar is the head of Hamas' military in the Gaza strip. Sinwar planned, executed and lead the October 7th attack which lead to the rape, murder and kidnapping of 1650 Israelis and others.
Israel has pledged to find and kill him. Israeli Knesset member Danny Danon says "the 'photojournalists' who took part in recording the assault of the 7th of October will be added to a list of participants that Israel's internal security agency will seek to eliminate."
"On 7 October 2023 at 9:10 am, Gaza journalist Soliman Farra called his friend and colleague Mohammed Feiq who tells him excitedly he is in the Israeli town of Sderot with their other colleagues, Hasan (Eslih?) and Mohannad al-Khatib. He said that the roads are full of cars and jeeps and motorbikes. And he mentions there being women. (He obviously doesn't mean Palestinian women)"
"Yo, @AP, @Reuters, @cnn - what your freelancer in Gaza Hassan Eslaiah is doing on a motorbike with a grenade, on his way to the massacre of women and babies? Is a grenade part of the equipment you provide?" tweeted Amit Segal.
The following is from cnn.com, an article entitled "News outlets deny prior knowledge of Hamas attack after Israeli government demands answers over misleading report," by Oliver Darcy
The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, and CNN all swiftly issued statements strongly pushing back against the report published late Wednesday from the staunchly pro-Israel media watchdog, HonestReporting, that claimed photographers for the news outlets were present during the initial attack, citing screenshots posted on social media.
Two of the outlets, the Associated Press and CNN, however, said they had severed ties with the freelance photographer Hassan Eslaiah after he was identified in the report as having been present with Hamas militants during the heinous attack on the Jewish state.
"The Associated Press had no knowledge of the Oct. 7 attacks before they happened," Lauren Easton, the director of media relations for the Associated Press, said in a statement. "The first pictures AP received from any freelancer show they were taken more than an hour after the attacks began. No AP staff were at the border at the time of the attacks, nor did any AP staffer cross the border at any time."
"We are no longer working with Hassan Eslaiah, who had been an occasional freelancer for AP and other international news organizations in Gaza," Easton added. In a statement, CNN said Eslaiah was not working for the network on the day of the attack.
"We had no prior knowledge of the October 7th attacks," a CNN spokesperson said. "Hassan Eslaiah, who was a freelance journalist working for us and many other outlets, was not working for the network on October 7th. As of today, we have severed all ties with him."
Reuters also pushed back on the insinuation that it was somehow aware of the Hamas' planned assault on Israel. "Reuters categorically denies that it had prior knowledge of the attack or that we embedded journalists with Hamas on Oct. 7," a Reuters spokesperson said, adding, "The photographs published by Reuters were taken two hours after Hamas fired rockets across southern Israel and more than 45 minutes after Israel said gunmen had crossed the border."
"Reuters staff journalists were not on the ground at the locations referred to in the HonestReporting article," the spokesperson added.