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‘Barely a whisper’ when Israel arrests MaoriTV journalists

30 Jun

Maori TV journalist Ruwani Perera and free-lance cameraman Jacob Bryant with other international participants aboard MariannePhoto Credit: Kia Ora Gaza : Jacob Bryant on the left and Ruwani Perera 4th from the left alongside other international participants on the Flotilla boat the Marianne.

By Martyn Bradbury, DailyBlog editor on Waatea News, 30 June 2015

NZ mainstream media will focus on Maori TV when journalists leave, but not when their journalists get arrested by Israel

It’s remarkable.

When Journalists leave Maori TV, the mainstream media are almost gleeful in covering it, yet today when Maori TV have had two of their journalists arrested by the Israeli’s, there is barely a whisper?

Maori TV Journalist Ruwani Perera and camera operator, Jacob Bryant, were arrested yesterday on board a peace flotilla trying to break the violent and brutal blockade of Gaza.

In 2010, Israel boarded another peace flotilla and murdered 10 activists. The cruelty and apartheid nature of the occupation of Gaza by the Israeli’s is one of the great on going cultural genocides the modern planet is witnessing. Maori TV have a long history of covering indigenous issues around the globe, and the vicious nature of the illegal occupation of Palestinians is an issue they should be focusing upon. Gaza is little more than the largest open air prison on Earth and the inhumane manner in which Palestinians are forced to suffer as a people is the very type of story Maori TV has every right to cover.

Trying to ignore the journalistic reasons as to why Maori TV journalists are there and paint them as ‘trouble makers’ merely supports and aids the occupiers. It doesn’t shine light on the ugly truth.

At a time when our Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, is attempting fro search for peace in the Middle East as part of our new role on the Security Council, the least he can do is demand Israel release two of our journalists immediately, and the least the wider NZ media can do is show support for two of their colleagues arrested for doing their job.

Martyn Bradbury, Editor – TheDailyBlog.co.nz   Facebook/CitizenBomber    twitter.com/CitizenBomber

Detained Kiwi journalists ‘safe & well’ – due back tomorrow

30 Jun
Ruwani Perera

Statement from Maori Television, 30 June 2015

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade.

Native Affairs senior reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant, were invited to join the Freedom Flotilla FF3 as observers to document their quest by New Zealand organisation Kia Ora Gaza.

Head of News and Current Affairs Maramena Roderick says Ms Perera and Mr Bryant are both safe and well and are expected to arrive back in New Zealand tomorrow.

She says Māori Television staff are working with authorities at the New Zealand embassy in Ankara, Turkey to support the crew.

“Foreign Affairs says their embassy staff in Ankara had informed them that both Ruwani and Jacob have been treated well and with respect by local authorities.

“We appreciate the assistance of embassy officials to bring our crew home. The contingencies plans we had all worked so carefully on are now falling into place.”

Ms Roderick says the safety of our crew has and will always remain a priority for the network. “Our team is committed to their safe return home.”

From http://www.maoritelevision.com

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