The outpouring of grief from Al-Jazeera channel and Qatari and Brotherhood-affiliated channels and websites over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not out of concern for journalism or freedom of speech, as they claim, and is not out of concern for his safety. But it’s only because he has a Saudi passport.
They will certainly act the same if Khashoggi were an Emirati, a Bahraini or an Egyptian, i.e. from the countries that have boycotted Doha. It’s unlikely to see this intensified coverage and organized campaign if Khashoggi had another Arab nationality or any other foreign nationality.
It’s possible to overcome this and believe this claim if Al-Jazeera, as well as its affiliates, were well-known for moderation, concern over human dignity and freedom of expression and maintaining people’s safety, but it has done the complete opposite and adopted a cheap credibility that’s stained with blood. It violated all professional values and ethical standards when it transformed into an open platform to all extremists and terrorists who committed and promoted massacres and later appeared with wide smiles via its screens.
It also sponsored the ideology of violence in an organized and planned manner until it became the “Kaaba” to which extremists and hate preachers go to from all over the world to perform pilgrimage. Takfirists’ speeches were once limited to suspicious forums and pursued gatherings but now we see them on Al-Jazeera channel during prime time. Al-Jazeera promotes their rhetoric to the public in such an unprecedented manner and grants their violent ideology wide intellectual and theoretical legitimacy.
This Qatari-Brotherhood media turned Bin Laden into a TV star and broadcast all his speeches without editing them or commenting on them to respond to his dangerous propaganda and codes in every message and letter. It supported him via anchors and commentators who sympathized with him and called him Sheikh Osama at a time when al-Qaeda members were executing explosions in Riyadh, Baghdad and other cities.
It’s via its channel that we heard the most violent and bloodiest fatwas such as the fatwa permitting suicide operations and which was issued by its permanent guest Yusuf al-Qaradawi, and this became the favorite strategy of terror groups which this media adopted from Al-Qaeda to Al-Nusra Front, the terror group which the Qatari government sponsored and whose media colored and rehabilitated.
Qatari and Brotherhood-affiliated media are exploiting Jamal Khashoggi’s name and politically abusing him not out of concern for him or for journalism, but to serve the political aims of Doha.Mamdouh AlMuhaini