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Islamofascist groups like al-Qaeda and Tawid and Jihad have used Arabian satellite TV networks as a propaganda arm for their terrorist causes. Terrorists routinely select stations like Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya to publicize their videotaped butchery or their exhortations to the faithful. However, the Lebanon Daily Star reports that the Islamists may no longer be enamored of these media outlets after their coverage of Pope John Paul II's death:
[R]adical Islamists, who advocate the expulsion of non-Muslims from Islamic countries, have been using Islamist Web sites to vent their anger at Arab television stations for according the pope such importance.
One such user lashed out at Al-Jazeera, saying viewers were "annoyed" with extensive reports eulogizing the pope, who the user described as an "old tyrant."
"What is mortifying is that this hooligan channel pretends [to defend] Islam," added the user, who wrote under the name Muhib al-Salihine on the Islamic News Network, a site often used by Islamist militants operating in Iraq.
"What is more humiliating - I think that it was Al-Arabiya channel - is that the imam of a mosque ... praised the memory [of the pope]," said Seri Eddine le Libyen on the same site.
"I have started to hate Al-Jazeera for the multiplicity of information on the grieving" for the pope, said another user.
What a shame! Do you mean to tell us that the Islamists oppose free speech and a free press? The two news agencies should consider this reaction when the nutcases try to exploit them in the future to promote their radical brand of fascism. Helping these people gain power will prove completely self-defeating for Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, and perhaps this reaction will serve as a mild wake-up call for their manegement.Sphere It View blog reactions
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