Terror Victims Sue Associated Press for Employing Alleged Hamas Affiliate

February 23, 2024

The AP and CNN ultimately cut ties last year with at least one freelance photographer, Hassan Eslaiah, after reports emerged about his alleged links to Hamas. The photographer's alleged relationship with Hamas "enabled him to secure photographic opportunities that would have otherwise been difficult for someone without Hamas connections and who was displaying press credentials to obtain," the lawsuit says. The AP, the statement maintains, "aided and abetted Hamas in carrying out the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust." Photographs published by these outlets on the day of the attack showed Hamas militants burning Israeli homes and kidnapping Jewish civilians. Eslaiah and several other freelance photographers are named in the lawsuit, which includes photographic evidence of the journalist smiling beside Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.