After public outcry, NBC News has decided to send Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza. Yesterday, Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept reported that NBC decided to pull Mohyeldin out of Gaza for security concerns. However, NBC then moved Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel into Gaza. Some wondered if Monyeldin, whose work has won praise, was removed due to a Facebook post in which he seemingly mocked those who blamed Palestine deaths on Hamas because they did not accept a cease-fire with Israel. However, Greenwald maintained that even the internal reasoning was security concerns. Many media reporters called for NBC News to bring Mohyeldin back to Gaza and the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter. However, NBC has decided to send Mohyeldin back in. TKNN has reached out to an NBC News spokesman as to whether there was a reason besides the public outcry to move Mohyeldin back to Gaza. We will update if we hear back.
Read NBC’s statement:
“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.”