Two notorious individuals have turned Al Jazeera English into anti-Bangladesh propaganda vessel

Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, Qatar, David Bergman, Bangladesh

In recent years, the once-respected Al Jazeera English has devolved into a tool for spreading propaganda and disinformation aimed squarely at tarnishing the reputation of Bangladesh, its government, and key figures within it. What was once heralded for its commitment to journalistic integrity has regrettably transformed into a vessel of distortion, manipulated by individuals with ulterior motives and agendas.

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) has astutely acknowledged the pernicious nature of Al Jazeera English’s activities. They have aptly demanded a ban on the transmission of this Qatar-based news channel within Bangladesh. Their condemnation of what they describe as “yellow journalism” emphasizes the deterioration of ethical standards within the network and underscores the pressing necessity for accountability measures to be implemented promptly.

Former Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen’s scathing indictment of Al Jazeera’s loss of credibility due to its dissemination of false news resonates deeply within Bangladesh. The gravity of such misinformation campaigns, purportedly driven by financial incentives, poses a grave threat to the very essence of truth in journalism and the public’s trust in media integrity.

One particularly egregious example of Al Jazeera’s descent into falsehoods is its airing of a segment titled ‘All The Prime Minister’s Men’ in February 2021. This report, rife with fabrications and deceit provided by a fugitive criminal named Zulkarnain Saer Sami, sought to malign the Bangladesh government and its institutions. The subsequent statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), denouncing the report as “false and fabricated,” serves as a damning indictment of Al Jazeera’s complicity in spreading baseless accusations.

Zulkarnain Saer Sami, alias Tanvir Md. Sadat, emerges as a central figure in this tangled web of deception. His sordid history of criminal activities, including involvement in illegal enterprises and impersonation of law enforcement officers, underscores his utter lack of credibility. Despite his tainted past, Sami’s purported affiliation with Al Jazeera English as a “researcher” only serves to exacerbate the network’s complicity in perpetuating falsehoods.

Sami’s brazen attempts to extort money from individuals under the guise of journalism further illuminate the depths of his deceit. His exploitation of the media for personal gain epitomizes the perversion of journalistic ethics for nefarious ends.

Furthermore, the participation of David Bergman, a British national with a contentious history, prompts concerning inquiries into the motivations fueling Al Jazeera English’s smear campaign against Bangladesh. Bergman’s purported propagandist inclinations, combined with his familial connections to influential figures within Bangladesh, suggest a wider conspiracy aimed at undermining the nation’s advancements and stability. His involvement raises alarms about the integrity of the narrative being propagated by the network and the potential ramifications for Bangladesh’s socio-political landscape.

Bergman’s association with individuals linked to anti-state elements further underscores the insidious nature of the propaganda disseminated by Al Jazeera English. His past legal entanglements in India, stemming from his involvement in a dispute over relief efforts for the Bhopal disaster, cast doubt on his motives and impartiality as a journalist.

The Bhopal disaster, one of the world’s worst industrial tragedies, stands as a stark reminder of the consequences of corporate negligence. Bergman’s alleged ties to Union Carbide, the company responsible for the disaster, raise concerns about his objectivity in reporting on sensitive issues.

Additionally, the familial associations of Bergman with individuals harboring anti-Indian sentiments, coupled with his involvement in Bangladesh’s political milieu, present a troubling scenario of vested interests in motion. The nexus linking Bergman, Al Jazeera English, and actors intent on destabilizing Bangladesh implies a concerted endeavor to hinder the nation’s advancement and propagate discord. This intricate web of connections underscores the imperative for heightened scrutiny and vigilance in evaluating the narratives propagated by Al Jazeera English.

In light of these revelations, it is imperative that the international community remains vigilant against the propagation of false narratives by media outlets such as Al Jazeera. The erosion of journalistic integrity in favor of sensationalism and propaganda threatens not only the credibility of the media but also the stability of nations.

Bangladesh, under the astute leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has witnessed remarkable socio-economic development, emerging as a beacon of hope in a region beset by instability. The nation’s strides toward progress are undeniable, underscoring the importance of safeguarding its achievements against efforts aimed at undermining them through disinformation. Therefore, it is imperative that such attempts be met with resolute condemnation and unwavering resolve.

The exposure of Al Jazeera English’s role in perpetuating falsehoods targeting Bangladesh serves as a stark reminder of the perilous consequences of media manipulation. This revelation underscores the pressing need for all stakeholders, both domestically and internationally, to uphold the principles of truth and integrity in journalism. By rejecting the insidious spread of misinformation, we can fortify the foundations of democracy and pave the way for a future characterized by trust, transparency, and accountability. It is only through collective action and unwavering dedication to truth that we can safeguard the progress and prosperity of Bangladesh and its people.


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