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Jan 06, 2020
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Syrian Opposition TV Channel Criticizes Al-Jazeera’s Coverage of Soleimani Killing for Echoing Iranian Narrative, Ignoring Massacres Perpetrated by Iran in Iraq

#7709 | 02:57
Source: Orient News TV (Syrian Opposition)

On January 6, 2020, Orient TV (Syrian opposition) aired a report that criticized Al-Jazeera TV’s coverage of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The reporter said that the killing of Soleimani was the "last nail in the coffin[s]" of Al-Jazeera TV and other hypocrite media outlets and that Al-Jazeera has echoed the official Iranian narrative so much that watching it has become similar to watching pro-Iranian media outlets such as Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) or Mayadeen TV (Lebanon). She said that the difference between Al-Jazeera and these channels is that Al-Jazeera does not receive funding from Iran, but that Al-Jazeera is still aligning itself politically with Iran. The reporter went on to criticize Al-Jazeera for only reporting on the funeral held in Iraq for Soleimani and not on Iraqi celebrations of his death. She said: "How could Al-Jazeera report on the joy of those Iraqis when it has been silent [about] the massacres perpetrated against them by Iran’s militias?" In addition, the reporter said that many of Al-Jazeera’s journalists have defended Qasem Soleimani on their personal social media accounts.

 

 

Reporter: "The killing of Qasem Soleimani was also the death of Al-Jazeera TV – or, at the very least, it served as the last nail in its coffin and in the coffin of the hypocrite media.

 

"The Iranian officials – both religious leaders and politicians – talk of nothing but revenge. It is only natural for every TV channel, including Al-Jazeera, to cover such a huge event. But many noticed – and reacted with shock and cynicism – how this Qatari TV channel covered the killing of the terrorist Qasem Soleimani. Titles and terms are quoted accurately on the channel's website, its screen is divided to twos, threes, fours, and even more, and whole hours are dedicated to guests who echo the official Iranian narrative. You start to think that you are watching Al-Manar TV, Mayadeen TV, or any of the other outlets that glorify the mullahs, because they are connected to them financially and ideologically. However, Al-Jazeera TV is not connected to Iran and it does not need its [financial] aid. Yet the TV channel with the slogan 'The Opinion... And The Other Opinion' has become part of an axis that does not follow this slogan, because killings and crimes are neither an 'opinion' nor 'the other opinion.'

 

"To demonstrate the contrast, it aired what it referred to as a 'popular funeral for Qasem Soleimani in Iraq,' while completely ignoring other Iraqis' joy over the killing of that arch-killer, whose hands were soaked in their blood. This can be seen in this footage."

 

The report now shows footage of Iraqis celebrating the death of Qasem Soleimani.

 

Narrator 1: "These are celebrations of the killing of Soleimani. This is for the blood of the Iraqi martyrs and victims..."

 

Reporter: "But how could Al-Jazeera report on the joy of those Iraqis, when it has been silent about their revolution and about the massacres perpetrated against them by Iran's militias? The TV channel that purports to represent the peoples, not the regimes, has ignored the revolution of the Iranians in occupied Ahwaz, and changed its [editorial] line regarding the revolution of the Syrians, following a dispute over the 'prey,' as a former Qatar official said."

 

The report now shows footage of the former Qatari official.

 

Former Qatari Official: "We fought over the prey, and then the prey escaped, but we continue to fight over it."

 

Reporter: "While this position by Al-Jazeera TV can be explained as political alignment, one could notice that the channel's journalists defended the criminal Qasem Soleimani on their personal social media accounts. For them, principles can be divided. They opposed him in Syria but supported him in Palestine, for which he did nothing."

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