The Al Jazeera television channel admitted yesterday it violated its own code of ethics by broadcasting a July 19 program which made released killer Samir Qantar as a hero to the masses. Qantar killed innocent Israelis and bashed in the head of a child, but he was welcomed as a hero by thousands of people in Lebanon and Al Jazeera played up the performance by the two bit thug and murderer. The network said its editorial board concluded the broadcast “violated Al Jazeera’s Code of Ethics” and it regards “these violations as as very serious and will assess what action is necessary.”
Israel had stated yesterday that it would no longer expedite Al Jazeera’s applications for entry visas and work permits in Israel. However, in light of the apology and promise to take corrective action the Israel government may once accord the television channel normal media rights.
The entire display by the Lebanese people to glorify a murderer who bashes in the head of children was disgraceful. Al Jazeera is to be commended for its honesty in being self critical.