Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UK TV regulator rejects Saeb Erekat complaint of unfair coverage of Palestine Papers

By Ali Abunimah

"The UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has rejected a formal complaint by PLO “chief negotiator” Saeb Erekat that Al Jazeera English had treated him unfairly in its programs on the Palestine Papers, broadcast over four consecutive nights from 23-26 January.

The Palestine Papers are made up of thousands of pages of documents leaked to Al Jazeera related to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, including minutes of high-level meetings between top American, Palestinian and Israeli officials spanning a period from about 1999 to 2010.....

Dynamite revelations

The documents revealed that Erekat and his associates had, among other things, made major territorial concessions to Israel in and around eastern occupied Jerusalem, colluded in the siege of Gaza, and worked to torpedo a prisoner exchange that could have seen a thousand Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli jails.

I took part in the Al Jazeera programs as an on-set guest, and also spent some time in Doha at the invitation of Al Jazeera English to examine the leaked documents along with other journalists and experts and write about them for the network......"

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