Monday, 18 August 2008

Belgian newspaper journalist held by Hezbollah in Beirut

Imagine the uproar that such a blatant act of intimidation against a journalist would have caused had it happened in Israel.

French freelance journalist David Hury tells in an article in the Belgian daily Le Soir how he was detained and intimidated by Hezbollah supporters. Hury was taking photographs at the Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh, a Hezbollah stronghold, when he was stopped. He was questioned about his private life, professional activities and was forced to disclose his e-mail box password. His ordeal lasted six hours.

Both Reporters Without Borders and Le Soir issued statements about the incident.

As an aside, it is ironic that Hezbollah treated this badly a journalist on assignment for Le Soir whose coverage of Israel is notoriously hostile... but maybe not enough to Hezbollah's liking.

- Belgian newspaper Le Soir claims that Israel prefers Western immigrants
- Belgian newspaper Le Soir shows picture of bodies of Palestinian children

1 comment:

Rudi said...

surprising but the doesn't dare complaining let be reporting on this event. After they condemned the French blocking of the antisemitic Al Manar (Hesbollah ) one could think that some people in that organisation prefer antisemitism above fighting it. And those are the people assumed to inform us....