Ex Al-Jazera reporter and former Beirut correspondent, Ali Hashem said: “We should as journalists, whatever our point of view is, (because it is clear there is no independent journalism anymore) have the right to say whatever he wants safely, without being threatened to be bombarded or killed or executed or arrested.”
Ali Hashem quit recently from Al-Jazera, after emails leaked by Syrian hackers exposed his anger over Al Jazeera’s one-sided coverage of Syria and its refusal to cover the events in Bahrain. In an exclusive interview with RT, Ali Hashem refrained from discussing his resignation directly. However, as his words show it, he emphasized that those journalists who try to say something that the international main stream media for which they work disagrees with, find themselves “threatened to be bombarded or killed.” He also said: “What they [ie these main stream media channels] say will [seem] to be a fact while it might not be the fact.”
Ali Hashem’s words reminded me of what happened to a journalist who worked for Al Jazera based in Brussels. He was beaten, threatened and fired because he wanted to thwart a media manipulation made by Al Jazeera about Syria. This explains why many keep silent. Indeed, it may also explain the reason why Rola Ibrahim, a famous Syrian anchorwoman at AlJazera who argued against Al Jazera lies in her leaked email conversation with Ali Hashem and expressed her outrage at AlJazera role against Syria, no longer appears on Al Jazera TV. Some say that Rula’s family in Syria will be in danger if she reveals what she knows about AlJazera to the public. She has not made any statement yet.
Here is a recent (19/03/2012) interview with Ali Hashem where he states that Al Jazeera has become a “media war machine” and is “committing journalistic suicide”
Part 2 of the interview:
Ali Hashem: “In Libya we came to realize we were serving a political agenda, putting our journalism aside.”