In English, AJ+ is a "woke" news brand for digital consumers, with a strong focus on the US market. It has a progressive slant, with a focus on race, identity politics and islamophobia. In Arabic, the same network is a little different... and the Internet is starting to notice the discrepancy.
In one article, AJ Arabic asks "What is the truth of the #Holocaust and how did the Zionist movement benefit from it?" This article was subsequently deleted by Al Jazeera.
On AJ+ English, a similar caption reads "This Holocaust survivor retells the horror of "What can happen when good people don't do anything." Same network, quite a different tone.
Arabic content versus English content 🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/Ag8T95nEVK— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) May 18, 2019
Of course in the Middle East, bloggers and netizens have been creating memes about AJ+ vs. AJ Arabic for some time - the two channels are famously schizophrenic, to put it politely. This article however, was a particularly egregious example.
1/2 Holocaust Denial on Al-Jazeera Network: Israel Is Biggest Winner from Holocaust; It Uses the Same Justification to Annihilate the Palestinians (Thread...) pic.twitter.com/y8eJxXdZy8— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 19, 2019
Increasingly, western bloggers - particularly those on the right - are starting to notice too, with tweets often comparing Qatar's human rights record with the social justice messaging of its English language news service.
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