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Al Jazeera as Covered in the Wikileaks Cables

Al Jazeera as Covered in the Wikileaks Cables

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Al JazeeraAs Covered in the U.S. Embassy CablesPublished by Wikileaks
Compiled byMaximilian C. Forte
To accompany the article titled,“Al Jazeera and U.S. Foreign Policy: What WikiLeaks’ U.S. Embassy Cables Reveal about U.S. Pressure andPropaganda”
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If you are new to these pages, please read an introduction on thestructure of a cableas well as how todiscuss themwith others. See also theFAQs Reference IDCreatedReleasedClassificationOrigin04MANAMA1387 2004-09-08 14:27 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manama 
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the originalcable is not available.C O N F I D E N T I A L MANAMA 001387SIPDISSTATE FOR NEA/ARP, NEA/PPDE.O. 12958: DECL: 09/07/2014TAGS:PREL KPAO OIIP KMPI BA SUBJECT: MINISTER OF INFORMATION DISCUSSES AL JAZEERA ANDIRAQClassified By: Ambassador William T. Monroe for Reasons1.4 (b) and (d)1. (C) Al Jazeera Satellite Channel and Iraq dominated theconversation during the Ambassador's Sept. 6 introductorycall on Minister of Information Nabeel bin Yaqoob Al Hamer.The Minister said that he had directed Bahrain SatelliteTelevision to stop airing the videotapes on abductions andkidnappings in Iraq during news broadcasts because airingthem serves no good purpose. He mentioned that the GOB hadalso spoken to Al Jazeera Satellite Channel and Al Arabiyyaabout not airing the hostage videotapes.2. (C) When asked if Al Jazeera had ever had acorrespondent based in Bahrain, Al Hamer replied no, addingthat he continued to receive requests from Al Jazeera onthis. According to Al Hamar, even though Bahrain'srelationship with Qatar had improved following the ICJdecision about the Hawar Islands, Al Jazeera continued tofocus only on negative stories about Bahrain.3. (C) The Minister opined that Al Jazeera was losingcredibility in the region and that most Bahraini viewerswatched Al Arabiyya, which he believes is more balanced (AlArabiyya does have a correspondent in Bahrain). He addedthat Bahrain's majority Shia population was displeased withAl Jazeera's coverage of the recent events in Najaf, whichthey felt portrayed Shia in a negative light. He concluded
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by noting that Al Jazeera's stature as a regional mediaoutlet took a blow when it was asked to leave Iraq.MONROE
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