ISRAEL (VINnews) — A Palestinian freelance journalist working for NBC News has been arrested in Israel on charges of inciting terror and identifying with a terrorist organization.Join our WhatsApp group
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Mirvat al-Azzeh was detained after sharing four Facebook posts that incite terror, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Following her arrest Friday, NBC cut ties with her. Network officials said that they had been unaware of her social media activities.
“Before we recently retained Marwat Azza for services as a freelance producer, we were not aware of her personal social media activity that provided the basis for the Israeli investigation,” an NBC spokesperson said.
“We understand the material under investigation is not related to any services she provided to NBC News.”
Al-Azza, who lives in East Jerusalem, began working for NBC shortly before the war on Gaza, after the Hamas terror attack on October 7.
Her most recent byline on Nov. 12 reported that newborns at the al-Shifa Hospital were dying as the facility ran out of resources.
Police described the posts at a hearing at the Jerusalem Court as “inciting and glorying the horrible acts committed against civilians.”
Her arrest comes as other mainstream media outlets have come under fire over using journalists who have expressed antisemitic beliefs.
The New York Times recently rehired a Hitler-praising filmmaker to cover the Israeli-Hamas war.
Soliman Hijjy — who praised Hitler as recently as 2018 on Facebook — had a byline at the Times nearly every day between Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, from Gaza.