Al-Jazeera has long been suspected of lacking objectivity in its reporting of the Middle East. Now one of its most prominent journalists and director of their Beirut office, Ghassan Bin Jeddo, has resigned because of this.
According to Lebanese newspaper, As-Safir, which first broke the story yesterday, Bin Jeddo resigned in protest against Al Jazeera’s coverage of the recent uprisings throughout the Arab world, saying:
Al Jazeera has abandoned professionalism and objectivity, turning from a media source into an operation room that incites and mobilizes.
Al-Safir added that:
Ghassan Ben Jeddo believes Al-Jazeera TV news channel no longer pursues… independent and unbiased policies, and quite conversely, is in pursuit of a certain type of [policy] regarding the brewing uprisings in the region.
As Al-Jazeera continues its rapid growth into a global media behemoth, buoyed by the Arab uprisings, hopefully Ben Jeddo’s resignation will draw greater scrutiny and examination of the station, which has until now escaped relative attention.