Al-Jazeera – Real News or Political Pawn?

BY ABDUL NISHAPURI
Apr 04, 2011

As the world turns to the Arabic network for the latest on the revolutions in the Middle East, it’s a good time to ask: just how objective is the channel?

According to Tony Berman, Al-Jazeera’s chief strategic advisor for the U.S., “The cold war that existed between the Bush administration and Al-Jazeera has totally ended, now it’s a professional relationship between an aggressive government and an aggressive news organization.” (Source: http://www.layalina.tv/Publications/Review/PR_VII.3/article2.html)

To be sure, Al-Jazeera is a journalistic force to be reckoned with. It is just important to bear in mind that it may just not be as independent as it purports to be. Various factors do exist that currently shape its editorial policy and direction.

 

This post was originally published on Let Us Build Pakistan in February 2011.