In an article recently published in Foreign Policy magazine, renowned American academic and author Marc Lynch criticized an opinion piece by Al Arabiya English columnist Abdelatif el-Menawy, describing it as “astonishing.”
Translating, reporting and analyzing what gets published in the Arabic press is a vital service that Al Arabiya English provides for its readers.Faisal J. Abbas
One might agree with Lynch’s statement that accusing the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, of directing Muslim Brotherhood snipers to murder Egyptian soldiers is likely to be a “wild conspiracy.” However, he needs to get his facts straight when he implied that Menawy was behind this allegation.
A service for non-Arabic speakers
Opinions CAN be controversial
Journalists are not beauticians. It is not our job to airbrush or sanitize an opinion, but to make people aware of what is being said in a language they can understand.Faisal J. Abbas
The article was republished by national newspaper The Guardian. This decision, based on the piece’s interest as a cause for debate, probably furthered the reach of Straw’s opinions in a way that would not have occurred had it remained printed only in a local paper.SHOW MORE