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05/13/2013

Update: Newseum to 're-evaluate' honouring Palestinian cameramen

Last week the Newseum, Washington, D.C.'s museum of news, was pretty firm in its insistance that two Palestinian cameramen working for a Hamas-linked TV station were in fact journalists and therefore belonged on its annual list of reporters killed in the line of duty.

But the controversy, described here as When the camera meets the missile, took a surprise twist this morning when the Newseum flip-flopped in the 11th hour, announcing a decision to "re-evaluate" whether the two men "were truly journalists or whether they were engaged in terrorist activities."

Here's the Newseum statement, which promises that no final decision will be made "pending further investigation." Reaction, ranging from fury to outright celebration, is underway on Twitter, even as the Newseum proceeds today with its annual Journalists Memorial Rededication Ceremony, which you can follow here.

Mitch Potter is the Star's Washington Bureau Chief, his third foreign posting after previous assignments to London and Jerusalem. Potter led the Toronto Star’s coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he won a 2006 National Newspaper Award for his reportage. His dispatches include datelines from 33 countries since 2000. Follow him on Twitter: @MPwrites

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