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Board raises concern

by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2004-08-04



The Board of Deputies has written to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell, expressing concern about the Arabic Al-Jazeera television network which is available on UK cable.

According to the Board, Al-Jazeera broadcasts material from the Arab world, some of which has been overtly antisemitic and inciting hatred against Jews.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: "We are not requesting that Al-Jazeera should be banned in this country. But we are greatly concerned at the potential for importing into the UK the language of incitement and hatred against Jews, which is so prevalent in the Arab media. Stringent rules on the commissioning and editing of programmes would ensure that broadcast material is acceptable to both the Jewish community and the wider British public."