Alarabiya TV sacks anti-Saudi presenter: report

Alarabiya TV sacks anti-Saudi presenter: report

SOURCE: Emirates247.Com

Hafez Al Mirazi

The Saudi-owned Alarabiya satellite news TV channel has sacked a well-know broadcaster for trying to criticise the Gulf kingdom’s policy, a Saudinewspaper reported on Sunday.

Hafez Al Mirazi, who had worked in the rival Aljazeera TV news channel, threatened to resign unless Alarabiya allows him to speak about Saudi Arabia during his coverage of Egypt’s protests, the online Arabic language daily ‘Alnas’ said.

Mirazi was on air talking to Egyptian media figures and wanted to speak about Saudi Arabia but Alarabiya management refused.

“Alarabiya sacked Mirazi after he threatened to resign and quit his live programme unless he is allowed to criticise Saudi policy.”

Alnas said Mirazi had been Aljazeera’s correspondent in Washington before moving to Alarabiya, where he presented the “Cairo Studio” programme from the Egyptian capital.

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And Comment From Prof As’ad Abu Khalil

SOURCE: Angry Arab

Alarabiya TV fires a courageous professional journalist

“The Saudi-owned Alarabiya satellite news TV channel has sacked a well-know broadcaster for trying to criticise the Gulf kingdom’s policy, a Saudinewspaper reported on Sunday.  Hafez Al Mirazi, who had worked in the rival Aljazeera TV news channel, threatened to resign unless Alarabiya allows him to speak about Saudi Arabia during his coverage of Egypt’s protests, the online Arabic language daily ‘Alnas’ said.”   In his last appearance on the station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law (run by King Fahd’s son, `Azzuz), Mirazi mocked the headline of Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat and exclaimed: can Saudi newspaper mock the King of Saudi Arabia?

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