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Al-Jazeera leaves the US now and for all time

04/14/2016 - 16:05

Qatari media concern "Al Jazeera" stopped broadcasting "Al Jazeera America" TV channel in the United States.

j o s h o - originally posted to Flickr
j o s h o - originally posted to Flickr
It was supposed that the TV channel "Al Jazeera America", started in August 2013, will be able to compete in terms of the supply of information with the US leading news agencies and TV channels, in particular, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and RT America.

However, after 32 months from the launch of broadcasting, the television stopped working. In January 2016, head of "Al-Jazeera America" Al Anstey warned employees about plans for the company’s closure in the United States, explaining the decision by "an unfavorable economic climate" in the US market television.

According to sources of New York Post publication, "Al Jazeera America" television leaves America having "more than $ 50 million" of debts owed to the US partners, in particular media holding Time Warner Cable.

It is worth noting that media holding "Al-Jazeera" (" the Island") established in 1996 by order of the Emir of Qatar's, has been repeatedly accused in bias in coverage of events. Above that, there were charges of dissemination of false information as part of the foreign policy of ambitions Qatar. 

This had become particularly evident when "Al-Jazeera" was covering events of the so-called Arab Spring in North Africa and the Middle East.

In Egypt, 20 journalists of "Al-Jazeera" have been sued for spreading false information. The authorities opened a criminal case over belonging to terrorist organizations, undermining national unity, as well as dissemination of false information endangering national security. To put it shortly, it means Al-Jazeera’s obvious sympathy towards Islamist organization "Muslim Brotherhood".

Previously, "Al-Jazeera" announced impending reduction of 500 jobs. According to the company, employees will be cut worldwide, but primarily in the headquarters in Qatar. This is done "within the framework of the optimization of personnel initiatives" in response to "ongoing transformation of the media landscape."

According to Acting General Director Mostefa Souag, the decision was "difficult", but the company "is convinced that this is the right step that will ensure long-term competitiveness."

"Al-Jazeera" was founded in 1996. The company is funded by the Qatari authorities and has more than 70 offices around the world.


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