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Al-Jazeera Gets Rap as Qatar Mouthpiece: Noe & Raad

From our Bloomberg column in full here:


Having built considerable goodwill among various Arab publics tired of state-run TV, Al-Jazeera is suddenly facing a slew of criticisms from commentators who argue the channel has gone off track.

The strength of the regional station, founded in 1996 and based in Qatar, had been that it offered an alternative to broadcasters controlled by national governments, whose coverage invariably reflected narrow regime interests rather than a popular understanding of events. Now, Al-Jazeera is being accused of the same sin as those state-run enterprises — of being a vehicle for a regime, in this case that of Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Writing under the headline “Al-Jazeera is not okay” in the Beirut-based, leftist daily As-Safir, columnist Sahar Mandour outlined some of the main controversies swirling around….”

Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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