DG defends Al Jazeera, while others criticize Al Jazeera.

Posted: 05 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"As US and NATO forces are preparing to launch a major military offensive in the Afghan city of Kandahar this June, we speak with Wadah Khanfar, the Director General of Al Jazeera. 'Bombing and killing will always increase the anger and frustration against the Americans, and it will always be in favor of the Taliban,' says Khanfar. We also look at the US military’s history of targeting Al Jazeera’s reporters, including Sami al-Hajj, who was held at Guantánamo for over six years without charge." Democracy Now!, 31 March 2010. This is a 30-minute interview, with no hardballs. See previous post for another interview with Wadah Khanfar.
     "While Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and Iran's nuclear program won the spotlight at the Arab League Summit, held in Libya over the weekend, Arab leaders endorsed a low profile -- yet dangerous -- document. Proposed by Syrian President Bashar Assad to presumably 'manage Arab differences,' the first article of the document stipulated that Arab regimes 'should not launch any kind of media campaigns, against each other, for [such campaigns] obstruct the management of differences, efforts aimed at compromise, and reinstatement of normalcy [in bilateral relations].' ... Arab satellite channels, such as Qatari Al-Jazeera that claims to be a champion of human rights and scrutinizes every American behavior to propagandize against it, did not make a big deal out of the Syrian censorship document. To understand why the always-agitated Al-Jazeera remained silent on the Syrian Arab censorship document, one should always remember the Syrian perception of how regimes 'should not launch any kind of media campaigns against each other.' The Syrian understanding of media outlets, whether satellite TVs, radios or newspapers, as regime-owned tools perfectly fits Al-Jazeera, which is owned by Qatar's despot. And since Assad and the Qatari autocrat have been allies for some years, Al-Jazeera found nothing wrong with turning a blind eye toward a Syrian initiative that aims at censoring all Arab media." Hussain Abdul-Hussain, Huffington Post, 1 April 2010.
     "Employees of the Islamic website Islamonline strongly deplore and disapprove the occupational bias on Al Jazeera's coverage of the crisis which erupted between the staff in Cairo and the Qatar-based board in Doha. The channel evidently adopted one side revealing details on the crisis proving the blatant bias of Qatar which supports the Qatari management provoking the crisis." Ikhwanweb, 3 April 2010.