Crackdown on freedom. Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations requesting the closing of Al Jazeera’s offices is an affront to diverse and free journalism, argues Karan Thapar of The Hindu. The network has stood out particularly in the Middle East, but also among global outlets, for its unique reporting and analysis. Al Jazeera covers areas that aren’t often in the spotlight, such as Africa or South America. The act of repressing journalism should be condemned by the news media of any country. The current silence is distressing, outrage would be colossal if this were to happen in a Western country. Democracy necessitates freedom of the press.
Mouthpiece for extremists. Al Jazeera has turned itself into a propaganda outlet for the Qatari government while amplifying the voices of terrorism advocates, holds Eli Lake of Bloomberg. Its Arabic-language network still hosts a talkshow by a Muslim Brotherhood theologian who has promoted violence against the U.S. and its allies. Al Jazeera has continuously shown the Muslim Brotherhood in a positive light. Allowing antagonistic rhetoric to spread, the network encourages terrorist violence, while funding extremist groups. Portraying Al Jazeera as a victim of journalistic repression is misleading, it cannot be allowed to continue on its incendiary path.