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Al Jazeera Egypt Staffers Quit, Citing ‘Biased Coverage’ Of Coup: ‘Airing Lies And Misleading Viewers’

Last week, there were reports that Al Jazeera’s Egyptian offices were raided and staffers were arrested by military forces. And now, according to Gulf News, staffers at the network are resigning in protest, complaining about its biased coverage of the events unfolding in Egypt after the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.

Anchor Karem Mahmoud said that “the management in Doha provokes sedition among the Egyptian people,” a point he elaborated on in an interview with Cairo Scene.

The coverage over the last few weeks was the tipping point – especially the airing of extreme speeches over the last few days, which have only added to the crisis Egypt is seeing right now. There has been a strong insistence of airing unacceptable statements by some parties, as well giving much more space and air time to one group over another.

Other staffers cited an overall bias in Al Jazeera’s editorial policy, and correspondent Haggag Salama stated that the network has been “airing lies and misleading viewers.”

The network staffers arrested last week have now been released, but journalists from the network were kicked out of a military press conference earlier this week.

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