Elin Ørjasæter: I want to know what Hamas spends their money on

Lifted from dagen.no (google translate with some fixes)

– I want to know what Hamas use their money on

Sunday 31, August 2014, at. 8:52 Updated: Monday 01, September 2014, at. 9:03
Tor Weiby
NRK-CRITICISM She has lost confidence in Odd Karsten Tveit in the Middle East question and wants to know what Hamas use the millions received in aid money on. Elin Ørjasæter stands by her criticism of the NRK after last weeks Broadcasting Council debate.
– Next time things blow up in the Middle East, the NRK needs to explain to us the reasons for this thoroughly. They must also explain to us one more thing: Where did all our aid money end up?

Why does not Hamas  have bomb shelters, as Israel has? How does Hamas use its money? They use it on tunnels to attack Israel. We know they cost a lot of money, Ørjasæter tells Dagen.no.

She also refers to an argument the news director at NRK, Per Arne Kalbakk presented during the Broadcasting Council hearing. He said that Israel is a democracy and one expects more of a democratic country than Hamas.

– It was an eye opener for me. Why did not then the reporter repeat in every other sentence that Hamas is a dictatorship, they shoot their own? Why does not the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation report on this just as much as they report on Israeli bombs killing children in Gaza, asks Ørjasæter who is also associate professor at the School of Marketing.

Question of trust
She believes that a key issue in today’s media world is whether one has confidence those who convey information via the TV screen.

Ørjasæter points out that we live in an information society that has changed since the 70s with a tremendous wealth of information. This applies especially for those internet users who have gone completely digital.

– Therefore, the big question is, who can we trust, what information can we believe in, where I should go to find information.

– All psychological research shows that it is much easier to remember people than remembering facts. To survive in the information age, there is much more focus on the people. This is reflected internationally  with strong journalist profiles that you trust, says the associate professor.

She says that in her job at the School of Marketing, she teaches her students to go to the most trusted source when they search for something, for example, the Labour Inspection Authority when you are searching for work related themes.

– It’s all about which editors and agencies you can trust. For the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, with so many channels, viewers will direct themselves to those they trust. Personal trust becomes an increasingly strong factor for all those who are mainly online, and we are growing in numbers, she points out.

Important to understand
Ørjasæter is an avid blogger but never writes about foreign policy. Nevertheless, she has spent time educating herself on the state of affairs in the Middle East.

– It is important for me to try to understand what is happening. What is happening in Gaza? What is the reason for this? It all depends on whether I can trust the person standing there with a microphone, the Broadcasting Council member says, and adds:

– Odd Karsen Tveit I do not trust at all. He is careless, even when he’s in a nice and cosy studio.

– I agree strongly with the Broadcasting Council position that it should be allowed to make mistakes when you are reporting from a war zone, as Sidsel Wold did this summer. I know very well that these persons have been reporting from very dangerous areas,  getting very little sleep, and facing a pressure to be on the bit at the same time.

– My trust relationship builds up over time. I’ve got confidence in Wold because I have noticed her as a good journalist for many years. It takes something to tear down that confidence, even though she has overstepped her mark on a few occasions this summer.

Lack of judgement
Elin Ørjasæter also believe that Odd Karsten Tveit lacks good judgment when he says that “For an Israeli, an Arab life means nothing.”

– This makes me think that yes, that’s what happens in any war, everyone considers the enemy’s life as less worthy than their own lives. It is the essence of war. But why does he emphasise this now?

– I’m losing confidence that his agenda is to provide the most objective information to the Norwegian people about what this is really all about.- When I lose confidence I go elsewhere to look for information about how much money Hamas has spent on digging those tunnels and what they say in their charter.