Monday, August 15, 2011

Al Jazeera blocks programme

Al Jazeera has banned the replaying of "Shouting in the Dark", which was aired on 11 August 2011.

The programme is a documentary focusing on Bahrain's pro-democracy protestors. As soon as it was aired, it received complaints from the Bahraini authorities. It showed footage that was secretly recorded during the protests- focusing on the brutal violence during this time.

The decision to not replay the programme gives rise to fears that Al Jazeera is succumbing to political pressure from Bahrain, and is not as independent as it claims. Interestingly this programme was shown on Al Jazeera English, but not on Al Jazeera Arabic, which is the more watched channel.

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