In response to the recent Huffington Post story on the imminent shutdown of Al Jazeera-America, here is a comment on this blog’s copy of the essay from my mailbox worth sharing. It was sent by one of my blog’s active visitors and supporters. Thanks, Remi.
Money might be a factor in pulling the plug on Aljazeera America, but it’s not the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Many of Aljazeera’s producers and news anchors are progressive, human rights minders. They daringly invited provocative individuals to discuss subjects considered unfavorable not only toward the autocratic Qatari ruling family’s policies and view of the world, but toward the brutal policies of other Gulf ruling dynasties, especially the Saudis.
A human rights advocate was invited to discuss the cruel Saudi regime’s mass execution on Jan. 2nd, but was told his participation had been called off as he was approaching the television studio.
The New York-based Aljazeera producers and anchors and their colleagues ought to feel proud of being fired because of their efforts to expose tyrannical policies that most traditional US media dare not even mention directly.
Mr. Ali H. Alyami is Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, Washington, D.C.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2016. 2:15 p.m. [GMT]