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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

However, what purpose does closing Al Jazeera in Israel provide? It would make sense to close all anti-Israel-biased journalistic organisations within its borders, but why Al Jazeera? Al Jazeera is ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

In realpolitik, dictionary meanings are unimportant. The label "terrorist" is more often applied to a most-disliked enemy, rather than to one who use terror tactics the most. The key enemy ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

First of all, I think "taken without a grain of salt" is exaggerating the confidence with which those numbers are reported. Usually, reliable media seems to point out that the numbers have ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

Anti-journalistic policy Israel historically has had a high rate of journalists killed in conflicts it is involved in, mainly in occupied Palestinian territories, such as Gaza. Recently, the count ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

While Hamas may or may not be exaggerating, news agencies like the BBC and organizations like the UN also report on casualties affecting their personnel and affiliates, as well as those people's ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

As I understand, you are suspicious why some events are described by different publishers in very similar words. They may just use the same source. A news agency is an organization that gathers news ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

A major part of Israel's long-term strategy is to not just win the war on the ground, but to also win the war of public opinion: to control the narrative. Threats to this goal are targeted by the ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

I think the odd one here is actually the BBC (or actually the UK government) and not VOA. Both the US and the UK have very high standards of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Both the ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

However, what purpose does closing Al Jazeera in Israel provide? Sabotage Al-Jazeera's coverage of the war and Israeli attacks in Gaza and the West Bank. Legitimize future targeting of Al-Jazeera ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Kinda. Not of the kind that James's answer has already rebutted. But our dear Noam Chomsky established his political chops with his 1988 Manufacturing Consent which indicates a number of ways Western ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

Al-Jazeera is biased against Israel, and often spread complete lies about Israel and it's operations. This has pushed populist politicians in Israel to demand it's banning in Israel, a demand that ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

I have been interviewed by the WSJ on a matter that wasn't of great political importance. I prepared and reviewed with colleagues a script of possible answers, so as not to incriminate my employer as ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

In the view of Carl Bildt, co-chair of the European Council for Foreign Relations, it is that Al-Jazeera has documented the human toll of Israel's campaign against the Gaza: Through the war ⁦Al-...
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To what extent (if any) does Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi answer reporters' questions, or at least appear to?

“It is not necessary for the prime minister to answer every question of yours,” declared BJP president Amit Shah who sat next to Modi at the event. - Narendra Modi appeared at his first press briefing ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

The answer to the second part of the question "why is it apparently not getting the same level of flak as the BBC?" is not fully answered without acknowledging the vastly different roles the ...
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Why does the Voice of America refer to "militants" and not "terrorists" when talking about armed Palestinian groups, apparently with no backlash?

Maybe VOA refers to the group as militant because, technically speaking, the militant affiliate has not been itself designated by the US State Department as terrorist as of now. Only the Al Aqsa ...
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Why are statements from the "Gaza Health Ministry" taken without a grain of salt?

Why news media report the numbers The Washington Post has an article explaining why they - and others - rely on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health numbers[*]. Their main points are: ...
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Do "teams of lawyers..." try to stop the Guardian from publishing political news stories?

Its worth remembering that defamation laws in the UK are different to in other countries. Under English defamation law, a claimant must prove that a libel about them has caused them harm, but they do ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

There is the usual issue in your question of the division of the world in "The West" and "The non-West" (and are Japan and Australia part of "the West"?) But taking this ...
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How did Arab media report the events of the Hamas attack on Israel?

Al-Jazeera in English seems to have adopted the line largely overlooking the atrocities of October 7, and focusing on the Israeli retaliation: On October 7, Gaza broke out of prison Israel revises ...
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How easy is it to receive a radio signal in Mandarin from BBC and VoA in Beijing?

Impossible because VOA Mandarin airwave transmission ended in 2011 (story). BBC Chinese Service was shut down in 2011 (story). Anyway, very few use radio signals nowadays. Nowadays, any "radio&...
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How did Arab media report the events of the Hamas attack on Israel?

In Arabic media, the 7th Oct Hamas attack on Israel is referred to as "Operation Al-Aqsa Flood", already giving it a military operation sense. The Arabic version of AlJazeera reported the ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

I want to know that this type of titles engineering, or censorship (of West bad news or good news of its enemies) is due to the pressure/policy/control of their governments, or do the owners of the ...
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How many journalists have been killed in two currently pending conflicts?

In accordance with CPJ (Commitee to Protect Journalists) database, up to the beginning of 2024, the same number has been killed in both Ukraine and Gaza conflicts: 37 journalists and media workers ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

Being a news organisation, doesn't this violate freedom of speech laws? Certainly not. Russia Today has been closed in the EU and in other countries. Al-Jazeera was blocked in the US. Al-Mayadeen, an ...
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Is access to Russian open sources blocked from the West?

Which sites are blocked? Here are the screenshots of the top Russian sites that are available as of today (TASS, RIA Novosti and Moskovkiy Komsomolets). I also can read these and other Russian news on ...
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Have any governments run user-dissuasion campaigns concerning fentanyl? What were the outcomes?

Demand reduction only works if people know what they are buying The basic problem with demand reduction strategies is that lots of people who overdose on fentanyl don't know that they are taking it. ...
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Why Global North countries collectively hate Russia?

The European Union has published a FAQ about their sanctions, which writes: Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures on Russia in response to: the illegal annexation ...
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What is Antisemitism?

Like most words, "Semitic" is a word that has more than one sense. One sense of the word is broader and means speakers of the Semitic languages, which includes both Arabic and Hebrew (which ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Correlation is not causation. The media influences public opinion. Public opinion puts pressure on politicians. The media also influences the individuals that consume it, which includes decision ...
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