BUSH’ PLANS TO BOMB AL JAZEERA CRITICISED HEAVILY

Several media representatives from Europe and the Arab world have condemned in one voice the alleged US plans to bomb Al Jazeera TV station. Many participants at a three-day forum on Culture and Art at the Visual Arab Media conference, ...

By Eman Al Baik

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Published: Wed 30 Nov 2005, 1:14 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:09 PM

who spoke to City Times about the implications of the plan, believed that the move symbolised a regression from all norms of culture and civilisation.

Henk van der Meulen, President of International Music and Media Centre, IMZ in the Netherlands, said, " Until we have some solid proof, the veracity of the report can not be ascertained. However, such mindset is absolutely unacceptable in the modern world."

Fawziya Zainal, a media representative from Bahrain, said that it was sheer barbarism to attack someone for not saying exactly what pleased the other party. "Depriving people of information by annihilating its source is a crazy idea," she added.

Mazen Rifka, Vice-President, Al Cham International, Syria said the plan was to suppress the truth before it reached the Arab public. It was also an attempt at isolating the Arab public from the rest of the world, he noted.

Mahmoud Majed, a media representative from Lebanon asserted that the American government was out to banish freedom of expression from the world. It was particularly scared of a professional and objective media culture emerging in the Middle East, he stressed.

A representative from a renowned European media facility who spoke on condition of anonymity believed that Al Jazeera TV station succeeded in grabbing the attention not only of the Arab viewers but of the West as well. "Al Jazeera's high level of efficiency provoked US hostility, because America wants to be the only source of information," he noted.

He called on Al Jazeera to take pride in its success and to continue on the path of fearless journalism, unmindful of threats from the US.


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