French broadcaster TV5 apologised after host compared Hamas and Israel in an interview with IDF Spokesperson

French broadcaster TV5 issued a statement apologising for the behaviour of a presenter who was interviewing IDF Spokesperson Olivier Rafowicz and compared the military actions of the Israeli government to those of the terrorist organisation Hamas.

“On November 15, one of the spokespersons for the Israeli army, Olivier Rafowicz, was the guest of the daily newspaper “64′, Le Monde en français” on TV5MONDE, to talk about the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and more particularly that carried out against the Al-Shifa hospital.

At the end of the interview conducted by the presenter of this edition, Mohamed Kaci, the journalistic rules, applicable to any interview, were not respected. This led to the impression, in the last question, that the methods of intervention of the Israeli army were equivalent to the strategy of Hamas, an organization considered terrorist by many States.

Furthermore, the interview did not end according to current antenna control standards but rather too abruptly. What the TV5MONDE news department deeply regrets. More attentive than ever since October 7 to providing factual and balanced information on the situation, without giving in to emotion or pressure, while giving a voice to all parties, the TV5MONDE news department is once again doubling its efforts. vigilance on its antennas and digital media and will take all necessary measures to ensure this in a context of great tension.”

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