The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

News Flash or Old News?

Iraq Minister Brands Al-Jazeera A Terror Channel

Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem Shaalan branded the popular Arabic-language satellite television Al-Jazeera a "channel of terrorism", in a newspaper interview. That brought a sharp reaction from the broadcaster, which expressed its "utter outrage" at what it said was an "unsubstantiated allegation".

"Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism. That is clear and we say openly and without hesitation: Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism," Shaalan was quoted by the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as saying.

I have two comments to make on this one...

1. I agree that Al Jazeera is and extremely anti-Western news outlet and every story is dripping in terrorist spin.

2. Emerging democracies should be careful about blocking free speech.

Al Jazeera is currently banned in Iraq.