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Al-Jazeera Correspondent in Berlin Resigns Over Channel’s Loss of Professionalism

BERLIN, 28/12/2012 – Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in Berlin, Aktham Suliman, resigned from the channel due to it becoming a political and intelligence tool in the hand of Qatar and abandoning professionalism in favor of the Qatari government’s agendas.

In an interview with the Deutsche Welle website, Suliman said that al-Jazeera currently lacks professionalism , contrary to when he joined it in 2002, and that it lacks internal structures that immunize it against attempts by the owners or editors to interfere politically in things that should have been handled in a journalistic manner.

He pointed out that al-Jazeera’s coverage of the events in Syria fuels the conflict as it “makes one side out to be mass murderers and turn the others into saints.”

Suliman said that al-Jazeera’s coverage is linked to Qatar’s foreign relations, ignoring what is happening in countries it has good relations with, while focusing in an unprofessional manner on countries with which Qatar has tense relations like Syria and Yemen.

“It’s not a good feeling when you have the impression that you’re no longer a journalist, you’re basically just a guard dog responding to your owner’s whistle when he tells you to go after this state or that government,” he explained.

Suliman said that the Arab Gulf countries are attempting to protect themselves and ensuring that certain groups maintain power, adding that the Gulf doesn’t have “a government worth taking seriously… The Gulf states have rulers whose power has been inherited over decades – in some cases, for centuries.”

He also criticized the western media’s failure to report on poor human rights conditions in Gulf countries.

Suliman’s resignation is one of several that were elicited by al-Jazeera becoming a politicized, unprofessional and biased Qatari tool and a forum for supporting terrorism  and extremism.

Al-Jazeera’s poor professional and moral conduct reduced its worldwide viewership from 43 million viewers per day to around 6 million, according to a US study.

Aktham Suliman was born in Syria in 1970. He has a Master’s degree in journalism from Berlin University. He worked in several Arab and German newspapers, radios and channels before joining the Berlin office of al-Jazeera in 2002 and later becoming its director.  (H. Sabbagh – SANA)

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AL-JAZEERA-Aktham Suliman

Undicesimo giornalista abbandona al-Jazeera, mentre i media italiani continuano ad accreditarla, come pappagalli

Il Corrispondente di al-Jazeera a Berlino ha “disertato”: il canale ha perso un’altra professionalità.

Il corrispondente di Al-Jazeera a Berlino, Aktham Suliman, si è dimesso dal canale perché egli ha affermato “è diventato uno strumento politico e d’Intelligence nelle mani del Qatar, perdendo la sua professionalità a favore dell’agenda del governo del Qatar”.

In un’intervista sul sito web Deutsche Welle, Suliman ha detto che Al-Jazeera è attualmente carente di professionalità, al contrario di quando ero entrato a farne parte nel 2002, e che mancano la strutture interne che possano rendere il canale immune contro i tentativi da parte dei proprietari o editori di interferire politicamente negli affari giornalistiche interni del canale.

Egli ha sottolineato che il modo adottato dalla direzione di Al-Jazeera di trattare gli eventi in Siria fomenta il conflitto “dipinge una parte come assassini di massa e l’altra come santi”, mentre santi non sono.

Suliman ha detto che la copertura mediatica di Al Jazeera è legata alle relazioni estere del Qatar, ignorando ciò che sta accadendo nei paesi che hanno buoni rapporti con il Qatar, e concentrandosi in modo non professionale nei paesi con i quali il Qatar ha relazioni tese come la Siria e lo Yemen.

“Non è una bella sensazione quando si ha l’impressione di non essere più un giornalista, ma che sei fondamentalmente solo un cane da guardia per rispondere al fischio del tuo proprietario quando ti dice di andare dietro questo stato o quel governo”, ha spiegato Aktham Suliman.

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SyrianFreePress.net Network translation from SANA

http://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/12889/

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