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Hamas Launches News Agency to Express “Official Government Line”

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Fatah and Hamas appear to have more that unites them than divides them. Photo: Suhaib Salem-Pool.

Hamas has launched its own news agency, the terror group based in Gaza announced Monday.

“The first official news agency of the (Hamas) government has been established under the name of Al-Rai agency…under the supervision of the government information office,” the office’s director, Salameh Maaruf, told AFP.

“It will be an important source of information on government activities, news releases and letters from the (Gaza) prime minister,” Ismail Haniyeh, he said.

“The agency is independent in terms of personnel and administration, but the government information office will be responsible for supervising it,” he added.

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Al-Rai was launched with an initial 15 journalists to “focus on the Palestinian issue, and Arab and international news relating to this issue,” he said.

Maaruf said that although the new agency will express “the official government line,” it will carry other points of view, including that of Hamas’s rival Fatah.

Several news agencies already operate in Gaza, reported AFP, among them SAFA which was launched in 2007 and is close to Hamas. The group also owns Gaza’s Al-Aqsa TV.

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