WASHINGTON — After several Al Jazeera employees quit the television network and accused the network of propaganda, Al Jazeera is focusing their attention on complaints against the Egyptian government.
Reuters reports that Al Jazeera reporters say the Egyptian government is trying to intimidate them as they report on the current upheaval within the country.
Al Jazeera lost 22 reporters when they quit after refusing to air pro-Islamist news and slant in their reporting. Yet Al Jazeera says it does not have any pro-Islamist bias within their reporting, which the Egyptian government strongly disagrees with.
As a result, the network’s staff feel they were being targeted by the interim Egyptian government installed by the military. Their Cairo offices were stormed by Egyptian security personnel after being accused of broadcasting “incitement”.
Al Jazeera’s backers, which are in Qatar, are typically seen as supportive of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood government. Qatar had given up to $7 billion to Egypt during the short reign of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and is now losing its influence in the country.