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Al Jazeera admits: okay, maybe we went a little overboard with the Hezbollah lovin’

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By See-Dubya  •  August 13, 2008 08:13 AM

Boy, is their face red:

Al-Jazeera television station has admitted to “unethical” behavior in its coverage of the release of convicted Hezbollah terrorist, Samir Kuntar, from an Israeli prison following a prisoner exchange deal with the Lebanese militant group.

The Arabic news channel’s public acknowledgement came as a response to an avalanche of Israeli criticism and a threat issued by the Government Press Office (GPO) to boycott Al-Jazeera news channel as a response to the program it aired last month. The controversial program broadcasted footage of the homecoming celebration and birthday party held for Kuntar upon his return in which he was hailed a “pan-Arab hero”.

Is that remorse or business sense? The article (in the Arabic paper Asharq al Awsat) points out that the Israeli GPO threatened to yank Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem privileges over the incident. As it is, the GPO will “no longer go out of its way to extend courtesy services, including providing assistance in obtaining speedy visas for the Arabic news channel’s employees.”

Takin’ a hard line there. No more speedy visas for al-Jazeera!

That’ll teach ’em.

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{Post by See-Dubya}

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