Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 27 December 2012 15.49 GMT
Hamas has banned Palestinian journalists in Gaza from working with or giving interviews to the Israeli media.
The order, issued this week, said: "The government has decided to bar co-operation or work with Zionist media due to its hostility. The prohibition applies to all Palestinian reporters and journalists." It has also instructed its own government officials not to give interviews to Israeli press or television.
Since the Israeli government banned Israeli journalists from entering Gaza in 2006, citing security reasons, the Hebrew media has depended on local Palestinian or international journalists for reports from inside the enclave.
Matan Drori, the foreign news editor of Ma'ariv, which has had a Gaza-based Palestinian correspondent for more than five years, said Hamas's move was "very unfortunate".