Latest effort from The Globe's two-time Emmy Award-winning multimedia
team accessible globally on mobile devices
TORONTO, May 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, The Globe and Mail unveils Inside Hamas, an unprecedented examination of the militant organization shunned by
the West, embraced by many Palestinians and feared by Israel. The
series comes at a time of crucial importance for Hamas. The
organization has drawn renewed attention in recent days from U.S.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
after it agreed this month to join with more accepted Palestinian
organizations and support a unified Palestinian government to try to
gain international support.
Available on-line with accompanying analysis in the Focus section of the weekend
newspaper, the series includes video documentaries, interview footage
with Hamas members and accompanying multimedia reports.
It paints a multifaceted portrait of Hamas, which has changed itself
from an organization best known for throwing rocks in the streets and
carrying out suicide and rocket attacks into a powerful force using
both violence and political means toward its goal of establishing a
Palestinian state. The series doesn't endorse the extreme views of
Hamas, but brings a greater depth of understanding to a group that will
remain a critical player in one of the longest-standing conflicts of
the modern age.
Middle Eastern correspondent Patrick Martin and film crews spent more
than a year on the project, gaining rare access to officials and
operatives of Hamas, including founders of the movement and influential
imams, as well as rank-and-file supporters. The series explores the
evolution of Hamas from its roots as an offshoot of the Muslim
Brotherhood religious movement to a militant governing force.
"As the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East continues to evolve,
the role of Hamas may not be certain, but as recent events have shown,
it can't be ignored," says John Stackhouse, editor-in-chief of The
Globe and Mail. "Hamas is a key element in the Palestinian political
landscape and looms large over any effort to bring peace to the
Mr. Martin's in-depth analysis will be featured in the Focus section of
the newspaper, complementing one of the most extensive forays into
digital journalism ever undertaken by The Globe. The series will
feature documentaries that include rarely interviewed Hamas members
from all levels of the organization, raw videos, photo galleries,
stories from The Globe's archives and interactive online conversations
and debates. In a first, The Globe's technology will allow users from
around the world to access the content - video included - from mobile
devices, including iPads and smart phones.
"The significance of making this content available globally on mobile
devices can't be overlooked," Mr. Stackhouse says. "As we are
witnessing in the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf,
access to digital journalism and social media can be the catalyst for
transformational thinking and change. As journalists, we see our role
as a conduit to bringing together incisive ideas and opinions on
matters that shape the world."
Inside Hamas comes on the heels of Behind the Veil, a rare, inside look into the lives of women in Afghanistan, and Talking to the Taliban, which involved similar insights via videotaped interviews with Taliban
fighters - both of which earned Emmy Awards.
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