How the media takes instructions from the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza.
MEMRI uncovered what the Hamas Interior Ministry has been instructing social media activists and journalists what to show and what to print.
They include what you have been seeing on your TV screens and reading in your print media such as
"Always call the dead "civilians." Western media prefer to use the blanket word "Palestinians" carefully avoiding mentioning the number or identities of terrorists killed.
Hamas also instructs activists and journalists not to post photos of rockets being fired from among the civilian population, which happens all the time.
Hamas Interior Ministry to Social Media Activists:
"Always call the dead “innocent civilians.
Don't post photos of rockets being fired from civilian population centers."
"Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.
"Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase 'In response to the cruel Israeli attack,' and conclude with the phrase 'This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.' Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of 'the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.'
"Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.
"To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: 'The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza'..."
Courtesy MEMRI Middle East Media Research Institute.
How the media invent their own statistics;
You will frequently hear the media say that the Gaza Strip "is the most densely populated area on earth." THIS IS UNTRUE!
Journalists and talking heads in the London studios of Sky News and BBC should be told that LONDON, where they sit, has a population density of a third greater than the Gaza Strip!
Here are some statistics, easily available by Googling population densities by location;
MACAU has a p.d. of 73,350 people per square mile.
Wealthy MONACO has a p.d. of 42,143 people per square mile.
Lovely SINGAPORE has a p.d. twice the number of the Gaza Strip = 18,000 +
Crowded LONDON kicks in at 12,331 people per square mile.
GAZA STRIP has a population density of only 9,713 people per square mile.