Deutsche Welle Suspends Jordanian Broadcaster Ties Over Claim Of Antisemitism

Berlin (Palestine Online)- German public state-owned international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) announced on Sunday it has suspended its cooperation with Jordanian media partner, Roya TV, claiming the broadcaster spreads anti-Semitic content and caricatures on social media.

Because of claims of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic content and caricatures on the social media of Roya TV, DW said it has suspended its partnership with the broadcaster, saying the broadcaster’s social media channels are “definitely not consistent with the values of DW,” the Associated Press reported.

“We are truly sorry that we did not notice these disgusting images. Following the posts in question by Roya TV we must re-evaluate our cooperation,” said DW senior executive Guido Baumhauer in a statement on Sunday.

“Several pieces of content disseminated via the broadcaster’s social media channels are definitely not consistent with the values of DW. We will now even more critically review our partner selection internally, especially with regard to antisemitism and racism,” Baumhauer claimed.

The company said that it “vehemently” distances itself from such content and “regrets its initial assessment that Roya TV is not anti-Israel.”

DW said it originally decided to have a partnership with Roya TV because the broadcaster addressed issues such as gender equality, the rights of minorities in Jordan and promoting young people’s media literacy.

The Associated Press reported that on Friday, DW said in a separate case that it was suspending four employees and one freelancer during an investigation into allegations that they expressed “anti-Israel and antisemitic views.”

German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung had quoted social media comments allegedly made by members of DW’s Arabic service.

According to Lebanese journalist Mariam Albassam, head of political news in Al Jadeed TV Channel, Deutsche Welle’s Beirut Bureau Chief Bassel Aridi is amongst the journalists who were suspended based on a tweet he had written in 2014.

In his 7 years old now-removed tweet, Aridi had expressed his support for the prosecution of Lebanese citizens who admitted to cooperating with ‘Israel’ against Lebanese interests.

DW said it requested an independent external investigation. The probe will be conducted by former German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and psychologist Ahmad Mansour, according to the Associated Press.

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