Thursday, July 05, 2007

Al-Jazeera criticised for acting as 'spokesman for fundamentalism'

MEMRI Special Dispatch-Jihad & Terrorism Studies Project
June 12, 2007
No. 1617

Al-Jazeera Criticized for Once Again Acting as "Official Spokesman for Fundamentalist Groups... As It Did in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine"

In a recent column titled "Al-Jazeera to The Rescue of Fath Al-Islam," in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Egyptian columnist Diana Muqallid harshly criticized the Al-Jazeera network's coverage of the clashes between the Lebanese army and Fath Al-Islam for its lack of objectivity, and for its disregard of the latter's aggressive actions. She wrote that Al-Jazeera was playing the same role it had played in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Palestine - that of spokesman for fundamentalist groups.

An example of Al-Jazeera's bias towards Fath Al-Islam is an article by senior Al-Jazeera presenter Dr. Faisal Al-Qassem, that was published in the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi - a paper known to support Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. In it, he attacked the way the Lebanese army was waging the clashes, and the harm it was doing to the residents of the refugee camps where the clashes were taking place, while disregarding the part that Fath
Al-Islam was playing in the violence.

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1 comment:

William said...

Describing "Al Quds al Arabi" as a paper that supports Osama bin Ladin is really over the top - and totally incorrect - it is this kind of off-hand gross inacuracy that happens so often with Memri and makes it - sadly - an unreliable source. Sadly because Memri often raises very important isues and doesn't need to discredit itself in this way.