Watchdog criticizes Al-Jazeera English for lack of ‘basic standards of accuracy and accountability’

NewsGuard has urged readers to “proceed with extreme caution” when disseminating any output of the channel Al-Jazeera English. (AFP)
Updated 01 February 2019

Watchdog criticizes Al-Jazeera English for lack of ‘basic standards of accuracy and accountability’

  • NewsGuard is a firm assessing credibility of news sources around the globe and produces a “fake news report”
  • Its website blacklists Al-Jazeera for not revealing “who is in charge including any possible conflict of interest”

LONDON: Qatari-owned news channel Al-Jazeera English has been slammed by news watchdog NewsGuard for failing to “maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.”

NewsGuard has urged readers to “proceed with extreme caution” when disseminating any output of the channel, because it intentionally misrepresents the interests of the government of the Qatar, which finances and owns the website.

According to NewsGuard — a firm which assesses the credibility of news sources around the globe and produces a “fake news report” — Al-Jazeera English has failed to comply with a number of press standards.

The NewsGuard report said the fact Al-Jazeera English is a privately-owned subsidiary of the Al-Jazeera network circumvented rules of transparency of disclosure of sources of financing in accordance with international law.

On its website, NewsGuard lists the Al-Jazeera channel as not “gathering or presenting information responsibly” nor “handling the difference between news and opinion responsibly.”

Its website blacklists Al-Jazeera for not revealing “who is in charge including any possible conflict of interest,” or its “content creators, along with either contact or biographical information.”

Jeffrey Semino, a media analyst who edited a Washington-based Free Beacon investigation from a Guardian report, said: “NewsGuard believes that Al-Jazeera English’s claims that it is accurate cannot in any way balance its violations of the most basic principles of credibility due to its deliberate campaigns of defamation and propaganda in the context of news coverage about Qatar and its neighbors.”

The news comes after a Jan. 4 tweet from Al-Jazeera US’ Twitter channel which read: “Dear audience, we regret to inform you that this account will be closed at the end of January. We thank you for your loyalty and invite you to continue following our brave, in-depth and diverse coverage of the world on @AJEnglish & @AJPlus.”


TWITTER POLL: People remain divided on whether to fly amid coronavirus pandemic

Updated 05 July 2020

TWITTER POLL: People remain divided on whether to fly amid coronavirus pandemic

  • People remain split over whether they intend to fly
  • Some airlines have been operating but with strict health and safety measures

DUBAI: Many airlines have started commercial flights again, but an Arab News Twitter poll revealed that people remain split on whether they are prepared to get on board.

Of the 572 people who took part in the two-day poll, just over 23 percent said there was no way they would even consider flying again, despite assurances from airlines that all precautions against the coronavirus were being taken.

Dubai’s Emirates airline is among those that have reintroduced some flights – as has Abu Dhabi’s Etihad – but both are operating strict health and safety regulations.

And while some airlines and countries might be open for business, in many cases this is still dependent on individual people testing negative for COVID-19 tests before they are allowed to travel.

 

 

That has not put off more than 38 percent of those who responded to the poll saying they were off on their holidays, while nearly the same amount said they would wait for a while before traveling.

Now take our new poll: