Al Jazeera staff walks out over ‘biased coverage’ of Muslim Brotherhood

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It appears media bias isn’t confined to the United States. Saying news coverage was out of sync with real events in Egypt, 22 staff members on Monday walked out of the offices of news channel Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, according to Gulf News.

Anchor Karem Mahmoud told Gulf News staffers had resigned in protest to what he called “biased coverage”:

Mahmoud said that the resignations had been brought about by a perceived lack of commitment and Al Jazeera professionalism in media coverage, adding that “the management in Doha provokes sedition among the Egyptian people and has an agenda against Egypt and other Arab countries.”

Mahmoud added that the management used to instruct each staff member to favor the Muslim Brotherhood.

“There are instructions to us to telecast certain news,” Mahmoud said.

Another network correspondent in Luxor resigned on Sunday, accusing the media outlet of “airing lies and misleading viewers.”

Protesting what they termed a “biased editorial policy,” four Egyptian members of the editorial staff at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha have also resigned, a news producer told Gulf News by phone.

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