The terrorist organization Hamas has launched its own news group, Al Rai, which means Opinion, with a staff of 15 writers who will “focus on the Palestinian issue, and Arab and international news relating to this issue,” according to the agency’s spokesman.
“The first official news agency of the [Hamas] government has been established … under the supervision of the government information office,” said office director Salameh Maaruf, in an Israel National News report. “It will be an important source of information on government activities, news releases and letters from the [Gaza] prime minister.”
The news group will also report on views and activities of rival group Fatah, Mw. Maaruf said, in the Israel National News report. Fatah is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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