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Al Jazeera, as the most-watched news outlet in the Arab world, has been particularly targeted in an apparent crackdown on information.

“We’ve always given all sides of opinion airtime on Al Jazeera, it’s our mantra. … Following the recent squeeze on media in Egypt, some Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr [live streaming] staff have decided to leave. We understand the reasons for some employees feeling they need to move on, including those with partisan political opinions. … Throughout our history we’ve had to cope with crackdowns. This unfortunately is nothing new. We will carry on doing our job regardless — upholding the highest standards of journalism, covering all angles of events in Egypt with balance and integrity.”

Critics say the staff mutiny illustrates all that is wrong with Al Jazeera: reporters, especially on the Arabic channel, funnel the foreign policy objectives of Sheik Hamad.

“What happens in Al Jazeera English does not at all resemble what happens in Al Jazeera Arabic,” Ms. Bryen said. “In the Arab world, in Arabic, Al Jazeera is virulently anti-Western, anti-secular, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel.”

Programming choices

One of Al Jazeera’s most-watched shows, “Shariah and Life,” is hosted by cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a spiritual adviser to the Brotherhood. American scholars say he has issued fatwas, or religious decrees, approving the killings of Americans in Iraq and Jews in Israel. He also has endorsed a form of female genital mutilation that the World Health Organization calls a human rights abuse.

Al Jazeera pundits promoted the canard that Jews were told not to go to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

After President Obama’s speech in March in Jerusalem called on Arabs to normalize relations with Israel, Al Jazeera published a provocative cartoon: A “Mother Palestine” figure being crucified at the hands of a Jew wielding a hammer, his arm blood-soaked.

Then there is the infamous Al Jazeera birthday bash, televised live, for Samir Kuntar.

In 1979, Kuntar, then a Lebanese member of the Palestine Liberation Front, infiltrated Israel by boat to conduct terrorism. He kidnapped an Israeli man and his 4-year-old daughter, but Israeli police intercepted his escape route. During a gunbattle, he killed the father and the girl. An Israeli court sentenced him to life in prison.

An exchange with Lebanese Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, brought him freedom in 2008.

Greeting him was Al Jazeera’s Beruit bureau, which held a televised birthday party.

“Brother Samir, we would like to celebrate your birthday with you,” said Ghassan Ben Jeddo, Al Jazeera’s Beirut bureau chief. “You deserve even more than this. … Happy birthday, Brother Samir. Thank you.”

Al Jazeera reporters have been arrested in Iraq and Afghanistan on suspicion of working with Sunni insurgents, al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Al Jazeera Arabic rose to prominence after al Qaeda’s Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

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