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Al-Jazeera og Al-Arabiya blir kritisert av amerikanerne og et shia-muslimsk medlem av styringsrådet for å ty til halvsannheter som pisker opp motsetningene.

Anti-US sentiment has been heightened by Al-Jazeera and other anti-coalition media reporting» on the closure of a Shiite radical newspaper and the siege of the insurgent bastion of Fallujah, the coalition’s deputy director of operations, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, told a news conference.

«We have reason to believe that several news organizations do not engage in truthful reporting,» coalition civilian spokesman Dan Senor said.

«In fact it is no reporting.»

Al-Jazeera og Al-Arabiya har gitt omfattende dekning til kampene i Fallujah og særlig skadene på sivile. Al-Jazeera har latt Moqtada al-Sadrs menn slippe til, og begge kanaler har fått eksklusive videoer av gislene som er tatt de siste dagene.

Muaffaq al-Rubaie er shia og var medlem av styringsrådet. Han er nettopp gått av for å bli nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver. Begge kanaler rapporterte at han gikk av i protest.

«I am so upset and so angry about what has been reported on Arab media and television about my resignation,» Rubaie told a press conference in Baghdad.

«I warn the Arabic media: Iraq’s patience has reached its limit and they will regret what they are doing,» said a visibly angry Rubaie.

He accused both channels of inciting violence between the country’s ethnic groups with their reporting.

«This media is not happy with the end of the sectarianism in Iraq with the fall of Saddam Hussein (news – web sites), so they lie, lie and lie,» said Rubaie.

He warned both television stations and other «irresponsible» Arab media that they would be shut down and banned from reporting from Iraq if they did not change their ways.

Arab TV networks accused of fueling violence in IraqMon Apr 12, 2:04 PM ET
Mideast – AFP