It’s simple really, particularly for non-democratic institutions, regimes and groups: threaten them.
It’s long been known that the Palestinians in PA controlled areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria/West Bank, have threatened to withhold credentials from individuals or even from news organizations when reporters have not toed the line. In addition, they’ve imposed restrictions like compelling reporters to work with Palestinian “handlers” and have demanded that Palestinians be employed by these organizations – a fact that has led to situations where many of the stringers as well as official reporters may be unbiased, but some are certainly biased and their reporting output shows this cleary. Reuters and AP, unfortunately, are examples of organizations whose news stories from the area may not always represent ideals of objectivity.
Sometimes, violence is threatened against reporters, as was the case with the Italian video team that captured the lynching mob that destroyed the lives and bodies of the two Israeli reservists a couple of years ago.
Now I am not such a big fan of Fox News. That is irrelevant, however, because they are permitted to their views and their style of reporting. Most who watch Fox recognize that their reporting and editorializing slants in the direction of the Right. They support Bush and the Republicans quite openly. They also tend to be supportive of Israel in many of their reports. It should come as no surprise to anybody then that some Palestinians (from a heretofore unknown group, which suggests that Hamas is behind this) have decided to influence Fox and others who might emulate that editorial line by kidnapping and now threatening the lives of two Fox reporters.
In some respects this isn’t exactly the US’s fight, but let’s hope they can apply enough pressure on Hamas to release these two men, or at least not kill them.