Israel using `pirated` footage to defend raid: Media body

Israeli military is using `pirated` footage confiscated from journalists.

Updated: Jun 04, 2010, 09:00 AM IST

Jerusalem: The Israeli military`s YouTube site is using `pirated` footage confiscated from journalists on board a Turkish vessel in a bid to defend its botched flotilla raid, a press body charged on Thursday.

"The Foreign Press Association (FPA) strongly condemns the use of photos and video material shot by foreign journalists, now being put out by the IDF (Israel Defence
Forces) spokesman`s office as `captured material`," a statement from the organisation said.

The complaint centres on footage shot on board the Mavi Marmara passenger ship, which was the focus of a deadly Israeli commando raid at dawn on Monday, in which nine foreign aid activists were killed, provoking an international outcry.

One of the clips on YouTube, entitled: `Flotilla Passenger: I Want to Be a Shahid (Martyr)` shows a passenger being interviewed on the boat before the raid, by someone holding a microphone with `Press TV` stamped on it.

The 23-second clip, in which the man talks about wanting to become a martyr, is not credited to any journalist or media outlet, and only described as "footage captured on the Gaza flotilla”.

PTI