Кто боится "Аль-Джазиру"?

Мало кто проявляет безразличие по отношению к "Аль-Джазире" - спутниковому телевизионному каналу, расположенному в Катаре. У американских должностных лиц буквально закипает кровь, когда заходит речь об этом телеканале. Действительно, в контексте мечты об объединении всех арабов и свободе от иностранного контроля "Аль-Джазира", несомненно, неравнодушна к чаяниям арабов. Но это не делает ее информационные программы недостойными доверия.

Фактически, телеканал "Аль-Джазира", который госсекретарь США Колин Пауэлл называет "ужасным" и "тенденциозным", является основным средством пропаганды реформ и изменений, к которым призывают как настоящие арабские активисты, так и международное сообщество. Однако "Аль-Джазира" вызвала такое недовольство и гнев США, что они создали свой собственный арабоязычный "рупор" в виде спутникового телеканала "Аль-Хурра".

Однако вещание "Аль-Хурры" запрещено на территории США, потому что телеканал находится под контролем государства. Арабы также не доверяют ему. Он продемонстрировал свой статус "комнатной собачки", когда ни разу не показал фотографии издевательств над заключенными в печально известной багдадской тюрьме Абу Грейб. В этом отношении, по крайней мере, "Аль-Хурра" превосходно вписывается в традицию пассивности и покорности арабских государственных телеканалов.

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