Syrian Opposition TV Criticizes Al-Jazeera’s Coverage of Soleimani for Echoing Iranian Narrative
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 - 02:43 PM
On January 6, 2020, Orient TV (Syrian opposition) aired a report that criticized Al-Jazeera TV’s coverage of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. The reporter said that the killing of Soleimani was the “last nail in the coffin[s]” of Al-Jazeera TV and other hypocrite media outlets and that Al-Jazeera has echoed the official Iranian narrative so much that watching it has become similar to watching pro-Iranian media outlets such as Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) or Mayadeen TV (Lebanon). She said that the difference between Al-Jazeera and these channels is that Al-Jazeera does not receive funding from Iran, but that Al-Jazeera is still aligning itself politically with Iran. The reporter went on to criticize Al-Jazeera for only reporting on the funeral held in Iraq for Soleimani and not on Iraqi celebrations of his death. She said: “How could Al-Jazeera report on the joy of those Iraqis when it has been silent [about] the massacres perpetrated against them by Iran’s militias?” In addition, the reporter said that many of Al-Jazeera’s journalists have defended Qasem Soleimani on their personal social media accounts.