Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Al Jazeera denies claims of pro-Israel group on ‘The Lobby’ films

Latest news

    Al Jazeera also utterly rejects the allegation that the series is “viciously anti-Semitic” [Al Jazeera]

    Al Jazeera has denied what it called false claims by the president of the Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA) that the media network was compelled to “cancel” a yet-to-be broadcast investigation into the activities of pro-Israel advocacy groups in the United States.

    “[Morton] Klein obviously mischaracterises the subject of the series as the ‘American Jewish Lobby’, when the investigation is into American pro-Israel organisations (including the ZOA), which work to further the interests of a foreign power on American soil,” the network said in a statement released on Tuesday.

    The Qatar-based network also utterly rejected the allegation that the series is “viciously anti-Semitic”.

    “It is astonishing that Mr Klein writes about a documentary series that he has not seen in terms that are prejudicial, inaccurate and inflammatory,” the statement said.

    “He also refers to the UK edition of The Lobby, broadcast in January 2017, which he again misconstrues as being about the ‘Jewish lobby’ in Britain.”

    This series exposed a campaign by Israel to interfere with domestic politics in the UK, which included covert operations to promote a foreign country’s agenda within Britain’s political parties. In one case, it revealed a plot to “take down” a government minister who was critical of Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.

    The Israeli ambassador to the UK was forced to apologise to the foreign office and the diplomat involved was fired. The investigation also triggered a parliamentary inquiry into foreign interference in British politics.

    Pro-Israel advocacy groups in the UK made a series of complaints to the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the quasi-government regulator that ensures fairness and accuracy on British television. Al Jazeera is a signatory and abides by Ofcom’s stringent codes of practice.

    The complainants leveled charges of anti-Semitism, bias, unfair editing and infringement of privacy. After an eight months’ investigation, Ofcom’s detailed, 60-page ruling rejected each complaint in full.

    “Al Jazeera is committed to independent journalism and reaffirms its belief in media freedom, unhampered by government influence,” the network said.

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/al-jazeera-denies-claims-pro-israel-group-lobby-films-180417145630034.html

    “It considers it deeply unsettling that organisations in the United States are attempting to suppress its output and curtail freedom of speech. Al Jazeera considers such attempts as a form of harassment that threatens the safety of journalists and their ability to perform their professional duties in a secure environment.”

    In the same category are

    Gaza hospitals handling influx of wounded, against all odds Gaza Strip - In the middle of surgery, the operation theater went pitch dark for a few moments. Only two tiny monitors showing vital signs of the pati...
    Hungarians protest PM Orban for second week Hungarian civil society reportedly fears being shut down by PM Orban's policies An estimated 100,000 took to the streets in Hungary to protest the ...
    Afghanistan: 31 dead in suicide attack on voter centre in Kabul A suicide bombing at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 31 people, health officials said. Kabul's acting poli...
    Filthy Mumbai beach rebreeds turtles, thanks to a city lawyer Volunteers collect garbage as they clean Versova beach Mumbai, India - On a breezy morning of March 22, Bombay High Court lawyer Afroz Shah was stro...
    Kuala Lumpur police: Killing of al-Batsh an ‘international issue’ Kuala Lumpur's chief of police says the killing of a Palestinian academic in the Malaysian capital is an "international issue" that is being investig...
    Somalia warns Dubai Ports World against violating its sovereignty DP World, the world's fourth-largest port operator, said in 2016 it would invest more than $400m to develop Berbera port Somalia’s foreign minister...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *