QATAR: Al Jazeera – Weapon in a Media War

ALEXIS CRUZ WRITES – Qatar provides the headquarters for the international media powerhouse Al Jazeera. While the network claims to be independent, one of their journalists who is currently incarcerated in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy, claims that they have failed to support him in court because of political differences between Qatar and Egypt. After three journalists were imprisoned, the network launched a media campaign that included the hashtag #FreeAJStaff to build support for their journalists and for journalistic freedom. However, in an opinion piece, Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist, states that he and his colleagues were used as pawns for “political...

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