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Al Jazeera Reporter Guilty Of Faking Video

From the terrorists’ mouthpiece Al Jazeera:

Al Jazeera journalist sentenced

May 2, 2007

An al Jazeera journalist has been sentenced to six months in prison in absentia by an Egyptian court after producing a film highlighting police torture.

The state security criminal court found Howayda Taha guilty of “harming Egypt’s national interest” and ordered her on Wednesday to pay a fine of 30,000 Egyptian pounds ($5,200).

She had been accused of planning to broadcast fabricated images.

Taha, who was making a documentary on torture in Egyptian police stations, described the decision as “an unjust, vindictive ruling by the government’s judiciary“.

She can appeal against the verdict.

In January, she was briefly arrested and her 50 videotapes confiscated at Cairo airport.

Taha, an Egyptian citizen, is currently in Qatar, where al Jazeera’s headquarters are situated.

Taha disputed the court’s ruling and said that she had obtained the necessary work licences from the Egyptian authorities.

She said: “All the security services concerned were aware of the work I was doing.”

Officials from al Jazeera declined to comment on the case.

Rights groups have accused the court of violating internationally recognised fair trial norms, and said that Egypt was guilty of harassing the media.

Only Al Jazeera and two other non-Western media outlets have bothered to cover this development. And for the most part our watchdog media has completely ignored this story.

And why not? It’s about one of their own staging a video about police tortures.

This article and the other two fail to mention that the producers involved have confessed to creating “re-enactments” of the alleged crimes.

Pieces of the Al Jazeera video can now be found all over YouTube, where they are treated as actual documentation of the real tortures:

The culprits at Al Jazeera defended their actions by saying “re-enactments” are used all the time.

Unfortunately, they are undoubtedly right.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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