CNN has severed ties with Gaza-based photojournalist Hassan Eslaiah after he was discovered to be embedded with terrorist group Hamas.
The news network said in a statement Thursday that their working relationship with the freelancer began after the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Israel — attacks that the organization maintained it “had no prior knowledge of.”
“We had no prior knowledge of the Oct. 7 attacks. Hassan Eslaiah, a freelance journalist who has worked with a number of international and Israeli outlets, was not working for the network on Oct. 7. As of today, we have severed all ties with him,” the statement read.
The decision came following a report from the pro-Israel watchdog group Honest Reporting that named several Gazan photojournalists working for major news media companies including CNN, The New York Times, AP and Reuters and raised “ethical questions” regarding their proximity and relation to Hamas.
AP has also ended their relationship with the photographer.
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