June 25, 2014

A Farce of Egyptian Justice

Tomas Avenarius, Worldcrunch

The Associated Press

Originally published in Suddeutsche Zeitung.

MUNICH - It doesn't take a jurist to see how thin the evidence was against the three "Marriott cell" journalists. When news broadcasts that comprise both new and archived material, which is accepted practice, are assessed as "fake news," then it's not just Al Jazeera that's "guilty." It's also the BBC, CNN and Germany's ARD.

When a foreign reporter is supposedly a "member of a terror group" because he or she maintains contact with representatives of a political organization that up until relatively recently was the ruling party, then journalism based on objectivity and diversity of opinion becomes irrelevant. Talking to a Muslim Brother doesn't mean a journalist believes he's on the side of right.

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TAGGED: Al Jazeera, Egypt


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