UAE journalists' association accuses Al Jazeera's of waging anti-Arab media campaign

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-31 02:12:20|Editor: yan
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DUBAI, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Journalists' Association on Thursday accused the Qatari news channel Al Jazeera of "propagating misleading and fabricated news" about the Arab countries, Gulf Arab states in particular.

The association, in a statement quoted by the UAE state news agency WAM, said that Al Jazeera's way of presenting the Arab world provides "all types of support to terror organizations and entities that promote extremism and sow seeds of sedition in the region."

It blasted Qatari government for turning "a blind eye and rather supports this odd orientation adopted by the channel's editorial board and management."

The association also said that Al Jazeera played "a significant role in inflaming political tension in some Arab countries in 2011."

The UAE and Qatar are the only countries which did not witness protests during the Arab turmoil in 2011.

The association urged all media professionals in Arab states and the entire world to "expose their unethical and unprofessional practices."

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar and imposed a total blockade on the tiny rich Gulf state since June 2017, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and aligning with non-Arab Gulf state Iran against pan-Arab interests.

Qatar has vehemently denied these charges, and rejected a series of demands put forward by the Saudi-led bloc for restoring the diplomatic ties.

The mediation efforts by the U.S., Kuwait, Turkey and European Union have failed to break the deadlock in the Gulf.

The UAE has banned Al Jazeera from reporting on its territory, while blocking its TV channel and website since the diplomatic spat erupted.