Journalists Accepting Bribes from Arab Dictators

(Hudson Institute-New York) Khaled Abu Toameh - The current popular uprisings sweeping through the Arab world have revealed the fact that many journalists have been receiving funds from Arab dictators. Gaddafi and his sons are said to have bankrolled dozens of Arab journalists in return for turning a blind eye to what the Libyan regime was doing to its people. Senior Arab journalists living in London and Paris are also said to have been on the Libyan regime's payroll. The regime of ousted Egyptian President Mubarak and oil-rich Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia have for decades offered bribes to Arab journalists. This explains why many Arab journalists have refrained from reporting anything that reflected negatively on their paymasters.

2011-04-06 00:00:00

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