Saturday, January 10, 2015

‘I AM NOT CHARLIE’: Leaked Newsroom Emails Reveal Al Jazeera Fury over Global Support for Charlie Hebdo

Via Angry Mike

As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide email.

“Please accept this note in the spirit it is intended — to make our coverage the best it can be,” the London-based Khadr wrote Thursday, in the first of a series of internal emails leaked to National Review Online. “We are Al Jazeera!”

Below was a list of “suggestions” for how anchors and correspondents at the Qatar-based news outlet should cover Wednesday’s slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo office (the full emails can be found below).
Khadr urged his employees to ask if this was “really an attack on ‘free speech,’” discuss whether “I am Charlie” is an “alienating slogan,” caution viewers against “making this a free speech aka ‘European Values’ under attack binary [sic],” and portray the attack as “a clash of extremist fringes.”

“Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile,” Khadr wrote. “Baiting extremists isn’t bravely defiant when your manner of doing so is more significant in offending millions of moderate people as well. And within a climate where violent response—however    illegitimate [sic]—is a real risk, taking a goading stand on a principle virtually no one contests is worse than pointless: it’s pointlessly all about you.”

His denunciation of Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed didn’t sit well with some Al Jazeera English employees.

More @ NRO


  1. I have long contended that it is impossible to have a rational discussion with irrational people, which is the definition of all the totalitarians on the Left, including muslims, socialists, atheists, LGBT activists. This is a long read, but definitely worth it - Mr.Lopez has put his life on the line and he knows what he is talking about. If the French people can do it, so can we sluggish Americans: Je suis Charlie!

    1. I think Americans need more guts.

      The guts will be there once we aren't living the Life of Riley.

  2. Sean Gabb is new to me - read him on Ilana Mercer's blog - where's the defenders of the murdered conservatives free speechers?

  3. Despite the corporate media’s fixation, the Charlie Hebdo attack in all likelihood has very little to do with religion or an assault on our rights with free speech (as much as that has become the incidental preferred battle cry).

    Rather it has much to do with the socio economic discord that functions in the underbelly of society, where whole collectives are conveniently debased and stigmatized (but hey this is free speech right?) and rebelling with the imposition of their desperate lot whilst the west continues their very own terrorist missions in the middle east, assault on free speech (remember Julian Assange? the killing of Palestinian journalists courtesy of careful Israeli bombing raids) which are rarely discussed by the west. Which provokes the question of how and the why?