Al Jazeera Slammed in US for ‘Flouting’ Government Orders to Register as a Foreign Agent of Qatar
A new report has slammed news channel Al Jazeera for ‘flouting’ government orders to register as a foreign agent of Qatar. The Department of Justice found in September 2020 that Al Jazeera was ‘controlled and funded by the Government of Qatar’ – an oil-rich Middle East nation with controversial ties to terror groups. The department ordered the channel’s Washington DC-based subsidiary AJ+ to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law put in place to monitor foreign nations’ influence operations in the US.
A new report by the Zachor Legal Institute called out Al Jazeera and its companies, claiming they ‘continue to flout U.S. law by failing to register’. The report accuses Al Jazeera of using its TV network ‘to promote and/or whitewash the Muslim Brotherhood and an array of Islamic terrorist groups, such as Nusra Front (formerly known as Qaeda of Syria), the Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah’.
Zachor’s report called for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok to label AJ+ content as ‘state-affiliated media’, to warn users of the organization’s Qatari ownership and control.
It describes AJ+’s content, which has achieved ‘17 billion collective views on social media as ‘propaganda’, ‘anti-American, anti-West, anti-Israel, divisive’, and targeted at ‘young, progressive Americans’. Al Jazeera describes itself as an ‘independent news organization funded in part by the Qatari government’, which broadcasts to an estimated 430 million households in over 150 countries.
AJ+ says it is a ‘unique digital news and storytelling project promoting human rights and equality, holding power to account, and amplifying the voices of the powerless.’ AJ+’s parent company, Al Jazeera Media Network, is owned by QMC, Qatar’s official state broadcaster, controlled by the country’s Emir. Al Jazeera’s board is chaired by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thali, a member of the Qatari royal family.