Tuesday Mar 27, 201212:03 PM GMT
Al-Jazeera slammed for biased coverage
The Qatari-based Al-Jazeera and Riyadh-based Al-Arabiya news networks have been severely criticized over its biased and sympathetic coverage of Syria's opposition.
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:51PM
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Scores of Jordanian activists have rallied in front of the local offices of the Doha-based Al-Jazeera and Riyadh-based Al-Arabiya news channels in Jordan, slamming their sympathetic coverage of Syria's opposition.


The rally on Saturday led to minor clashes between staff members of the two channels and the protesters, DPA reported.

Protesters said the employees of the two news outlets were "Zionists and agents" who sought to help implement an "America agenda."

The rally was organized by the Jordanian Popular Committee for Supporting Syria, which consists of several hundred Jordanian trade unionists, academics as well as politicians.

Meanwhile, activists in Qatar had earlier also accused Al-Jazeera of serving Israeli interests in the region.

They posted photos showing the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and his prime minister shaking hands with Israeli officials, activists also criticized the government for its close ties with Tel Aviv.

It is widely believed that the Emir of Qatar has direct influence on the nature of programs broadcast by Al-Jazeera, which has repeatedly been accused of an uneven coverage of the events of the "Arab Spring."

Al-Jazeera is accused of blowing the opposition movement in Syria out of proportion while turning a blind eye to the Bahraini government's violent crackdown on peaceful anti-government protesters.

A number of well-known journalists, including Ghassan Ben Jeddo, have resigned from the TV in the past months over the channel's coverage of Middle East events.

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