Inside Hamas: The Globe and Mail investigates the militant Palestinian organization for new multimedia series

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 region."

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.

The Globe and Mail is Canada's national newspaper, delivering trusted national and international news, business, arts, sports, lifestyle and automotive content to engaged and influential Canadians through its portfolio of newspaper, magazine, online and mobile assets. The Globe and Mail is owned by The Woodbridge Company Limited (85%) and BCE Inc. (15%).

 

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Teresa Pagnutti, tpagnutti@environicspr.com, 416-969-2721 or 416-230-0172 (cell)
Sebastian Gatica, sgatica@environicspr.com, 416-969-2768 or 416-618-9793 (cell)

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