NBC News Reverses Decision, Will Put Ayman Mohyeldin Back in Gaza


On Thursday, NBC News reportedly pulled correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of the Gaza Strip citing “security concerns.” Meanwhile, NBC News correspondent Richard Engel was allowed to stay in the region. But now, it appears the network has reversed its decision and will be sending the reporter back to Gaza to continue his coverage as soon as possible.

New York Times media reporter Bill Carter tweeted the news Friday evening:

Suspicion over the cause of NBC’s initial decision to remove Mohyeldin followed a widely seen report he gave on Wednesday, describing an Israeli missile attack that killed four Gazan children and injured three others. Glenn Greenwald, who first reported NBC’s decision on First Look, criticized the network for removing the correspondent “at exactly the moment where he brought the humanity of this war and the humanity of Gazans to the world.”

Greenwald called the reversal “GREAT news” on Twitter Friday, crediting the social media outcry for pressuring NBC to reconsider its move.

UPDATE — 8:35 p.m. ET: NBC’s official statement, as posted by HuffPost’s Michael Calderone:

Watch the report that may have led to NBC pulling Mohyeldin out of Gaza below, via MSNBC:

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