Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Al Jazeera’s Wardrobe Malfunction

The Short version:
Time: A few months ago.
Action: Eight female journalists working for Al Jazeera network signed an official complaint against Deputy Editor Ayman Jaballah, stating that they have been harassed by his comments on their appearance.
Reaction: The network ordered an investigation.

Time: Last month.
Action: The network reported it was within its legal rights to dictate the appearance of its on-air presenters.
Reaction: Five of the eight presenters quit in protest.
The Long version:

Lina Zahreddine, one of the five Al Jazeera presenters to resign. Image via Al Jazeera.
In an action that was described as first of its kind in the world of Arab satellite channels, last January eight female presenters for the Al Jazeera network filed an official complaint against Ayman Jaballah, a deputy editor known for his conservative views and his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood .... More

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