Ayman Mohyeldin, Gaza correspondent for Al Jazeera English, tells Democracy Now!:
…Since the launch of Al Jazeera International, we have been committed to covering the story of Gaza and the people there under siege. We think it’s the important, if not one of the most important, stories in the region and in the world and has greater implications on the region. So they’ve decided to keep a permanent presence there with a full-time correspondent. So I was there prior to that. I’ve been the only foreign correspondent based in Gaza since May of 2008. So, well before the war began, I was there.
In my personal experience, I have not had anyone from Hamas telling me I cannot run a story, I should not run a story.