Paul Lachine

Quiero mi Al Jazeera

NUEVA YORK - El corresponsal de Al Jazeera Ayman Mohyeldin se encuentra realizando una gira victoriosa en los Estados Unidos o, más bien, Al Jazeera lo envía. Después de todo, Mohyeldin es un tipo modesto, a pesar de ser uno de los periodistas más conocidos de la cadena y claramente una estrella en ascenso de los medios de comunicación internacionales.

Al Jazeera tiene buenas razones para presumir: goza un nuevo prestigio en los EE.UU. después de que millones de estadounidenses, ávidos de información sobre el terreno acerca de Egipto, buscaran en línea sus reportes en directo y la cobertura de Mohyeldin desde la Plaza Tahrir de El Cairo. Así que ahora Mohyeldin está en los EE.UU. para tres semanas de eventos de medios de comunicación - incluso habrá una sesión de fotos de GQ -, tras haberse vuelto bien conocido en un país donde, básicamente, se impide a los espectadores ver su canal.

La cadena ha sido blanco de ataques del gobierno de los EE.UU. desde 2003, cuando el ex vicepresidente Dick Cheney y el ex secretario de Defensa Donald Rumsfeld la describieran prácticamente como el equivalente a una rama de Al Qaeda. Dos de sus reporteros fueron asesinados tiempo después en Bagdad cuando un tanque de EE.UU. disparara contra el Hotel Palestina, donde, según funcionarios de EE.UU., se creía que había un francotirador atacando a las tropas estadounidenses. Sin embargo, dado que era sabido que el equipo de Al Jazeera se alojaba en el hotel, el canal y otros expresaron sospechas de que los reporteros hubieran sido objeto de un ataque deliberado.

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