Al Jazeera Exodus: Channel Losing Staff Over Bias

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Paula Slier
March 13, 2012
02:14

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Al Jazeera Exodus: Channel Losing Staff Over Bias
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Qatar's aggressive stance towards Assad has led to a string of resignations at the country's al-Jazeera TV news channel. Those who left describe bias at the station which they say has become a tool to target the Syrian regime. RT's Paula Slier describes those accusations.

Bureau Managing Director Hassan Shaaban reportedly quit last week, after his correspondent and producer had walked out in protest.

A source told the Lebanese paper Al Akhbar that Al Jazeera’s Beirut correspondent Ali Hashem had quit over the channel’s stance on covering events in Syria. "… his position [which] changed after the station refused to show photos he had taken of armed fighters clashing with the Syrian Army in Wadi Khaled. Instead [Al Jazeera] lambasted him as a shabeeh [implying a regime loyalist],” a source told Lebanese press.

Ali Hashem was also infuriated by Al Jazeera’s refusal to cover a crackdown by the King of Bahrain while twisting its Syria angle. “[In Bahrain], we were seeing pictures of a people being butchered by the 'Gulf's oppression machine', and for Al Jazeera, silence was the name of the game,” he said.

The Beirut bureau’s producer also quit claiming Al Jazeera had totally ignored Syria’s constitutional reform referendum, which saw a 57% turnout with 90% voting for change.

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2012 / 08 / 17
Angga says:

Trust what you see around you with your own eyes, think with your own head, and mtnoior any change. That's how you evaluate your government. If you have to rely on media sources to tell you whether or not your life is improving, you're not doing your job as a free citizen. And how far should manipulation of your constitutionally protected rights and freedoms be allowed to go? 7.62mm EXACTLY!!!

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