Blinken to Qatar: ‘Rein in’ Al-Jazeera Arabic Coverage on Gaza – AXIOS

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. (Photo: US Embassy Nigeria, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has asked the Qatari government to “tone down Al-Jazeera’s rhetoric” about Israel’s war in Gaza, the US-based news website Axios reported on Wednesday.

According to Axios, Blinken, who was apparently referring to Al-Jazeera Arabic and not to the English channel, made the comments during a meeting with American Jewish leaders last Monday. 

Axios mentions a participant in the meeting as saying that Blinken asked the Qatari government to “turn down the volume on Al Jazeera’s coverage because it is full of anti-Israel incitement.”

According to Axios, both the US State Department and the Qatari Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report.

Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 23 Palestinian journalists since the beginning of the war on October 7. 

On October 25, the entire family of Wael al-Dahdouh, Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Gaza, was massacred in an Israeli bombing of a residential building in the Nuseirat refugee camp. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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