US Congress condemns al-Hurra coverage

Conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats have taken to criticising the US-financed Middle East television channel, al-Hurra, for having broadcast “friendly coverage of camera-ready extremists” (The Wall Street Journal) such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Al-Hurra was set up in 2003 in the vein of Radio Free Europe and TV Martí, in order to counter the al-Jazeera phenomenon. [It seems none of al al-Hurra’s executives can speak Arabic, and had little iidea what they were broadcasting.] NYT, May 16]

From Security Briefs, May 17

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