Qatar and the bribing of journalists
By : Dr Ahmad al-Farraj
:: All indications suggest that Qatar is counting on buying time and internationalizing the Gulf crisis. To achieve this end, Doha recruited all its media outlets inside the country and abroad to forge facts. It went as far as distorting official statements and altering translations.
It goes without saying that Qatar has always denied that some media outlets are affiliated with it and funded by it – one of the journalists it hired in Doha for this purpose has recently scandalized it though. What’s strange about these websites is that they worked on publishing everything that harms Saudi Arabia, and they’ve done so even before the decision to boycott was made.
These outlets are managed by suspicious Israeli Azmi Bishara who is aided by a group of Arab mercenaries who manage the so-called Qatari propaganda machine and who get promoted and richer the more they harm the Saudi kingdom.
What’s strange is how Gulf citizens who support the Brotherhood, particularly in Saudi Arabia, provide Azmi Bishara and his mercenaries of everything that harms their country to publish it on websites affiliated with Qatar. Many of the Saudi Brotherhood supporters visit Qatar regularly and the latter honors them and takes pictures of them while carrying expensive gifts and cheques.
Qatar did not just establish and support media platforms that are also supported by Iran but it also bribed western media outlets and writers who were once well-known.
Qatar does not honor them for nothing but it honors them in exchange of providing services that harm their country. These figures have not realized the magnitude of the crime they’ve committed until after the boycott decision was made. They ended up in trouble as they could not side with their country out of fear they will be blackmailed by Qatar.
This exposed them and showed their true color to the Saudi people. This is one of the boycott’s positive results as before the boycott, Brotherhood supporters concealed their intentions, claimed they are patriots and used religion to deceive Saudi youths.
Qatar did not just establish and support media platforms that are also supported by Iran but it also bribed western media outlets and writers who were once well-known. Yes, don’t be surprised. The western media is not all pure as we thought it was or as they wanted us to think. Human being, irrespective of his nationality or color, gets weak before the power of money and Qatar’s rulers are generous when it comes to that.
Who thought Qatar will pay David Hirst and that he will manage a website for it? In addition to Hirst, there is Fareed Zakaria, the star who has fallen and who transformed from an intellectual and unbiased journalist into an Iranian mouthpiece speaking against the Saudi kingdom and keeping silent when hosting guests affiliated with the fascist regime of the supreme guide in Tehran.
The funds which Qatar spent on its media platforms and the bribes it lavishly paid to Arab and western journalists will not save it from evading the responsibility of supporting terrorism and terror groups. Is Doha aware of that?
:: Dr Ahmad al-Farraj is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah daily. He holds a Masters degree in literature from the University of Indiana and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He was the Dean of the Arabic Language Institute in King Saud University and a member of the university’s council. He tweets under @amhfarraj
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