Journalists term US pressure on Al Jazeera `uncalled for, arm-twisting'

DUBAI - The US stance on Al Jazeera has drawn flak of the journalists here, who call it as "unnecessary arm-twisting."

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Published: Mon 3 May 2004, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:18 PM

KhaleejTimes spoke to a cross-section of media persons to get their views on the US move against Al Jazeera. Mohammed Abu Obeid, a reputed journalist of the UAE, said, "The campaign against the Arab news channels goes under the US plan to control the region whether military or intellectually. The US is trying to silence each voice that is uncovering its plans, especially the so-called `Greater Middle East'.”

“They (US) only want to hear voices that support them and not voices that criticise them. People in the US are seeking the truth after the control of the US administration on the US media. Therefore, they are looking for Arab news channels. I agree there must be a kind of censorship on some of the pictures just for humanitarian reasons, but the truth should not be hidden at all."

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