Two days ago NBC pulled widely-praised reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza with no explanation, sparking outrage among many viewers.
But tonight Mohyeldin was back in Gaza and on the air, after two days of outrage on social media, complaints directed at NBC's apparent "censorship," and coverage from high-profile journalists like Glenn Greenwald.
His supporters are speculating that NBC's decision was influenced by the hashtag campaign:
Others are simply praising NBC for their decision:
That NBC is going to #LetAymanReport restores my faith in the universe just a little, but it's a nice reverse from the last couple of days.- Christopher Rose (@khowaga) July 19, 2014
No only has NBC reinstated Mohyeldin in Gaza - they also released a statement to the Baltimore Sun warmly praising his coverage:
Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday.
As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We've carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.
NBC's statement doesn't really explain the decision to pull Mohyeldin, who was temporarily canned - with no explanation from NBC - after he filmed an upsetting report about an airstrike that killed 4 children. Mohyeldin witnessed the airstrike and the terrible aftermath, including parents learning of their children's deaths.
Mohyeldin's coverage had been widely praised, making it all the more mysterious why NBC reassigned him. A source close to NBC executives has claimed they were concerned about security, but that explanation seems spurious given that the network had reassigned a different reporter to Gaza: chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel.