Al Jazeera Caves-in to Israel: truly unethical


Al-Jazeera Arabic

Al-Jazeera Arabic

Al Jazeera Arabic television station was forced to apologize for the broadcast in honour of a Lebanese prisoner released by Israel. the broadcast was not anything out of the ordinary, a two part interview with the Samir Qantar, who spent 29 years in an Israeli jail. Mr. Qantar mentioned how they would try and break him for almost 30 years and with no results, he also spoke of the methods used by soldiers in prisons not just torture but drugs as well. he said they were a bunch of cowards and they are so easy to defeat because they are cowards.
He also said that he remained with (Sharaf) honor/dignity till the last moment, when the Israeli Prison officer asked them to be released he gave them silly baby blue outfits to ware as they were being transferred. Qantar refused to ware the outfit even if it means they don’t go, “I have waited 30 years, I can wait 30 more to leave with my dignity ” Qantar also criticized the Camp David agreement which was signed by Sadat and Begin and said it was a step that lead to the majority of the Mideast Conflict we have today because it legitimized the state of Israel


Samirr El Qantar

Samirr El Qantar

Al Jazeera says prisoner “party” breached code of ethics
REUTERS – Thu Aug 7, 2008 9:31am EDT

JERUSALEM, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Arabic television station Al Jazeera said on Thursday a July broadcast in honour of a Lebanese prisoner freed by Israel violated its code of ethics.

Israel said on Wednesday it would no longer assist the Qatar-based network because of the July 19 birthday party broadcast for Samir Qantar, who spent 29 years in an Israeli jail for a 1979 attack in which five Israelis were killed.

The network said in a statement that its editorial board concluded that the broadcast “violated Al Jazeera’s Code of Ethics”. The network said it “regards these violations as very serious and will assess what action is necessary”.

The Al Jazeera show featured Qantar using a scimitar, a traditional Arab sword, to slice a cake with his picture on it. The broadcast included a fireworks display and Arabic music.

Qantar was among five Lebanese guerrillas freed last month as part of a prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah.

Daniel Seaman, the head of Israel’s Government Press Office, said he was encouraged by Al Jazeera’s decision to conduct an internal review but said his office would await the outcome before deciding whether to change policy.

“This is a fundamental question as to where Al Jazeera stands. Does it stand with the extremists or is it a professional media organisation?” Seaman said.

“We are not looking for an apology … but for a serious investigation which will be brought to our attention in a professional way,” he said.

The Government Press Office said on Wednesday that it would no longer expedite Al Jazeera’s applications for entry visas and work permits necessary to obtain press credentials in Israel.

Israeli officials have often accused Al Jazeera, which has bureaux in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, of biased reporting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a charge the network has denied. (Reporting by Avida Landau, editing by Tim Pearce)


VIDEO / Al-Jazeera admits to ‘unethical’ behavior over Kuntar party
Haaretz  – 17:00 07/08/2008

By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent

The Al Jazeera television station admitted Wednesday that its coverage of Israel’s release of convicted Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar violated the station’s own code of ethics. The admission came in response to a threat by Israel’s Government Press Office to boycott the satellite channel unless it apologized.

In an official letter, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz, Al Jazeera’s director general, Khanfar Wadah, wrote that “elements of the program” broadcast in Kuntar’s honor on the night of Saturday, July 19, “violated [the station’s] Code of Ethics,” and he “regards these violations as very serious.”

He also said he had ordered the channel’s programming director to take steps to ensure that such an incident does not recur.
Al-Jazeera VIDEO

The boycott threat was issued by the director of the GPO, Danny Seaman, in response to a program broadcast from Lebanon that covered the welcome-home festivities for Kuntar. In it, the head of Al Jazeera’s Beirut office, Ghassan bin Jiddo, heaped praises on Kuntar, for instance by calling him a “pan-Arab hero.”

Kuntar was convicted of the murder of four Israelis, including two children, during a terrorist attack in Nahariya in 1979. He was released last month as part of a deal with Hezbollah. In exchange, Israel received the bodies of kidnapped soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.

Bin Jiddo is known to be sympathetic to Hezbollah, and he was even awarded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s first interview of the Second Lebanon War. A few weeks ago, he was interviewed on a Syrian television station and said that he would never agree to interview Israelis, even though he knows that Al Jazeera’s official policy is to interview Israelis.

This is not the first time Israel has protested Al Jazeera’s coverage, but for its protests to result in an apology is unusual.


Al Jazeera admits it violated its code of ethics

Al JazeeraArabic television station (Al Jazeera) said on Thursday last month’s broadcast in honour of a Lebanese prisoner released by Israel violated its code of ethics. Israel said on Wednesday it would no longer assist the Qatar-based network because of the July 19 party broadcast for Samir Qantar, who spent 29 years in an Israeli jail for a 1979 attack in which five Israelis were killed.

The Arabic network said in a statement that its editorial board concluded that the broadcast “violated Al Jazeera’s Code of Ethics”. According to the network, it “regards these violations as very serious and will assess what action is necessary”.

The Al Jazeera show featured Qantar using a scimitar, a traditional Arab sword, to slice a cake with his picture on it. The broadcast included a fireworks display and Arabic music.

According to Reuters, Daniel Seaman, the head of Israel’s Government Press Office, said he was encouraged by Al Jazeera’s decision to conduct an internal review but said his office would await the outcome before deciding whether to change policy. “This is a fundamental question as to where Al Jazeera stands. Does it stand with the extremists or is it a professional media organisation?” Seaman said.
© 2008 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)


Al-Jazeera Admits to Ethical Violation in Coverage

08/08/2008

Tel Aviv, Asharq Al-Awsat – Al-Jazeera television station has admitted to “unethical” behavior in its coverage of the release of convicted Hezbollah terrorist, Samir Kuntar, from an Israeli prison following a prisoner exchange deal with the Lebanese militant group.

The Arabic news channel’s public acknowledgement came as a response to an avalanche of Israeli criticism and a threat issued by the Government Press Office (GPO) to boycott Al-Jazeera news channel as a response to the program it aired last month. The controversial program broadcasted footage of the homecoming celebration and birthday party held for Kuntar upon his return in which he was hailed a “pan-Arab hero”.

Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al-Jazeera issued an official letter in which he wrote that “elements of the program [of the celebration last 19 July] violated [the station’s] Code of Ethics.” Khanfar added that he “regards these violations as very serious,” moreover stating that he had taken steps to ensure that the incident does not recur.

Daniel Seaman, head of the GPO, which issues press certification to foreign and local journalists, said that he had summoned Walid al Omary, the head of Al-Jazeera television, to his office on Wednesday to see “what attitude” the channel was adopting towards the incident. Al-Jazeera satellite channel has a Jerusalem-based bureau. The GPO often intercedes when journalists complain of problems related to Israeli bureaucracy.

Although he later praised Al-Jazeera staff for its professionalism, Seaman said that the statement did not go far enough. “It’s not what I’m looking for, he said, “I don’t want an apology,” and added that the GPO would not revoke the channel’s press credentials but would no longer go out of its way to extend courtesy services, including providing assistance in obtaining speedy visas for the Arabic news channel’s employees.

Seaman stated that he wanted the news channel to decide whether it wanted to be a mouthpiece for the Arab world or a professional media outlet and “they will be treated accordingly,” he said.

Samir Kuntar was convicted of the murder of four Israelis, including two children, following a terrorist attack in Nahariya in 1979. In the controversial program aired by Al-Jazeera, Kuntar is seen dressed in army fatigues as he is welcomed into a garden with an Arabic music band, sparklers and a huge cake decorated with pictures of the released convict.

Kuntar is seen praising his picture with Hezbollah Secretary-General, Hassan Nasrallah, and said, “This is the most beautiful picture – with Hassan Nasrallah. There cannot be anything more beautiful – me and the Secretary-General – the most beautiful picture of me ever taken.”*

Kuntar then slices the cake with a sword, which the show’s host hails as “the sword of Arabs”. As he begins to cut the cake, the TV anchor can be heard saying, “Don’t cut the picture, cut on the side.”

* Translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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One Response to “Al Jazeera Caves-in to Israel: truly unethical”

  1. When you look at the Al Jazeera logo at the start of this article, can you see the man geting his left eye pierced by a hook coming from his left? ..and you can see four drops of blood in the pic (the squares).

    It’s the same propaganda theat we westerners get on the global issues ..they don’t talk about the nano-thermite found in the 911 WTC
    roubble, and they’re supposed to be a muslim channel for the muslim …what a joke!!

    The nano-thermite in the WTC dust samples prooves that it was a “false flag hit” and the Al Jazeera don’t feel this is important news?

    Dajjal, the muslim antichrist was a “one eyed deciever”, right? ..perfect match.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_jazeera

    Also, if you scroll down this wikipage of Al Jazeera you’ll find a .gif logo; the same face that morphs into a text, which most likelly say “Al Jazeera” in arabic. ..but for a westerner the text reads ” Dja Jall” (Jah Jall) Jah being the Israel tribal god Jehova/Jahve, who is the same deity as Allah for the Muslim ..Prophet Muhammed was Abrahamic linage.. And cause the original Abrahamic religion(s) are just copied, re-writen stories from ancient india, china, persia, india, egypt, sumer etc …it’s all the same scam.

    I seriously doubt that the true Creator of this universe ever talk to anyone here in language ..but our ancestors “grand parents ” did and do ..but they are just humans ..thou “discarnate” from (only) our point of you. …kings of yesteryear and bankers of yesterday are the ones playong these gods to the spiritualists.

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