Qatari human rights violations exposed on Bahrain news broadcast

Media Events | Timberwolf Phoenix LLC 

May 9, 2021 

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A Bahraini News program spoke with political analysts guests several guests regarding the issue of Qatar’s policies that are hostile toward Bahrain. The media event was dubbed “the special program on Qatari island” policies hostile to the Kingdom of Bahrain” and broadcast on May 8.

The broadcast opened with a background of the major human rights issues that the Qatari people faced, and a brief overview of them. The news outlet called the recent abuses “blatant violations” of Qatari rights.

“The result also says the same, and the Qatari citizen still dreams to this day of obtaining the most basic right of cities,” said the news producer.

Guests included Irina Tsukerman, media vice president at Timberwolf-Phoenix LLC, as well as Ibrahim al-Naham, Professor Fouad Al-Hashem.

The event addressed the frequent lies that the Qatari authorities wish to achieve with their media campaigns. It addressed the issues of the outward appearance of Qatar to the international community, versus the political and human rights reality of the Qatari people.

The outlet then broke down the blatant miscommunications of the Al Jazeera major broadcasting network.

Saheed Ibrahim spoke about the issues of censorship of opinion in the Qatari newspapers and noted that the truth did not appear in the Qatari news. He spoke about the corruption of the Qatari newspapers.

 

“We in Bahrain take an institutional approach, based on the approach from the earliest beginnings,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim then went on to explain some of the censorship abuses, including how Qatari translators had been removed for translating Qatari media reports in a way that made Qatar appear negatively internationally. He likewise explained ties through money of corruption inside and outside of the country.

Professor Fouad al-Hashem spoke on some of the goings-on, and the public scandals. He spoke of Iranian prostitution rings and rings that stretched into alMaghreb. Professor al-Hashem was sentenced by a Kuwaiti court in 2018 for insulting the state of Qatar. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, reported the Middle East Monitor. Al-Hashem reported that, as the ruling was handed down, he had landed in the United Arab Emirates and was enjoying the protection of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

Professor al-Hashem greeted the news panel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“Greetings to the King and his Crown Prince, the Secretary of the Bahraini people, the hero Ali,” said the Professor.

The professor then explained the issues within Qatar as those of “totalitarian” rule.
“The Qatari people are a thing of more totalitarian rule, but they are optimistic that democracy, elections, and parliament will enter their country,” he said.

The news anchor then asked the professor to compare notes with his other guest.

“To what extent do you agree with the opinion of our honorable guest of the studio?” said the anchor.

The professor compared notes and stated that, once a report about Qatar was circulated internationally, it was incredibly far from the factual account of the events in question.

“Outside the island within two meters, those who are mentioned, or not, if the news is reported about them, it is completely far from everything that is happening inside the country,” said the Professor.

The news anchor then turned the discussion to matters of worker’s rights violations. The professor noted his surprise at the massive illegal cash payouts to Iraqi militia groups.

“Because of the weather conditions of the existing workers, I mean, I am surprised, I mean, all these billions are paid one billion dollars in cash to a terrorist group in Iraq. We are all martyrs of Iraq,” he said.

He then gave more background context to specific worker’s industries where these issues are most noted.

“The mobile phone and thus means the X-ray process for the workers. This is a thorn in their side. By God, I don’t think the file is ever closed,” said the Professor.

“Speaking from Abu Dhabi, Mr. Fuad Al-Hashem is a Kuwaiti writer and political analyst. Thank you very much,” said the news anchor. Then, the broadcast played a footage clip.

After the brief interlude, the news anchor brought the discussion back to the Qatari Sultan’s abuses against the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“We come back again with the honorable guest in the studio, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Naham, Sayed Ibrahim,” the news anchor began.

“Let’s talk about the interference of the Sultan of Qatar in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain with the aim of destabilizing security and stability on the road. It means supporting outlaws and providing media platforms, and until this moment I mean there is there,” said the news anchor.

“First, I thank you for this question, of course, a very important question,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim then addressed Qatar’s tendency to garner support for itself through many public image campaigns.

“The surplus is through the media, through festivals, and events, to give itself more real space,” said Ibrahim.

“Today, it has come out to even major countries abroad, of course.”

The news anchor then turned the conversation over to understanding more of Al Jazeera’s effect on the western public. He called on Irina Tsukerman, human rights lawyer out of New York, to give context.
Irina Tsukerman addressed that Qatar was generating some “very disturbing” practices.
“On various issues, not just freedom of expression,” said Tsukerman.

Tsukerman noted the abuses of journalistic integrity created by the tendency of the ruling family to use Al Jazeera as an outlet for their opinions.

‘Members of the ruling family who try to express their opinions on various issues,” said Tsukerman.
Tsukerman also noted how the many violations of freedom of expression were not being discussed.

“Unfortunately, there is a repressive and widespread security surveillance mechanism in all parts of the country,” she said.

She noted the far reach that this surveillance has.

“Of even those who live outside the country because they will face arrest and abuse upon returning home. For this reason, you will not see any criticism of it except questions about government policies,” said Tsukerman.

The news anchor then transitioned the discussion to a guest from an expert, asking questions regarding insights on how some see Doha as a haven, as Qatar is fully in line with the Iranian proxy agenda.

“From Cairo via satellite, Brigadier Dr. Khaled Okasha, Director of the Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies, Dr. Khaled, welcome to this window. Some see that Doha is a safe haven from the heads of sedition and terrorism, as it fully wishes the Iranian agenda,” said the news anchor.

Dr. Okasha refuted this opinion, stating that those from surrounding regional cities that laugh at this assumption. Dr. Okasha noted that now the international community was holding Iran accountable for its security violations.

“The international community has begun to hold Iran accountable for this behavior, and this and these long years are alive,” he said.

He noted that security is a major communal goal for all Arab regimes at this moment, as the threat of Iran continues to loom.

The news anchor then turned the conversation back to Tsukerman for a follow-up on the human rights issues affecting workers.

“According to the February report from the Guardian newspaper, more than 6,500 people have been reported dead within a few months,” said Tsukerman. She noted that there were accidents such as fatal electrocutions that had occurred.

She added more issues that Qatar had failed to address.
“Qatar has not adhered to the crowded reforms or to the system that allows for a time off,” said Tsukerman.

Tsukerman then noted that Qatar’s workers faced these violations abroad as well as domestically.

“Some workers were destroyed by the embassies in the countries in which they were working, such as the ones who had the Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.”
Tsukerman noted that Qatar had not appeared to improve the issues where their workers were jeopardized.

“To the best of my knowledge, there have been no adjustments to prevent these injuries,” said Tsukerman.

The news anchor asked Mrs. Tsukerman to stay with the program, while he came back to Dr. Okhbar. The news anchor asked Dr. Okhbar what his opinions were of Qatar’s tendency to promote everything that offended both Bahrain and Egypt.

Dr. Okhbar noted a negative outlook had been created by the Qatari policy, for Egypt, Bahrain, and other Arab countries. He stated that Qatar worked toward an excessive media promotion. Negative issues even existed despite recent agreements.

The news anchor then turned the mic over to Tsukerman and asked her for insights on recent policy.

Tsukerman noted the most effective way would be maximum pressure from NGOs, and political lobbies that are critical of Qatar.

“As well as some of the leading international human rights organizations, which sometimes criticize Qatar to some extent in their report,” said Tsukerman.

Tsukerman then noted that actions against the oppressive actors themselves as individuals would be a way to put maximum pressure on Qatar’s human rights abuses.

“They must receive international ears and college boycotts as individuals whose assets must be perfected, which should happen to anyone who ends up abusing human rights and suppressing the defense of human rights and human rights,” said Tsukerman.

The news anchor then thanked Tsukerman for her comments and turned the conversation to a former ambassador of Egypt to Qatar.

“Speaking with us over the phone, Ambassador Mohamed Menisi, former Egyptian ambassador to Qatar. Hello, your excellency. You were very close to the real scene in the Qatari interior. To what extent the media is as accurate, I mean, as it is to the real deteriorating situation in Doha?”

The former ambassador gave some examples of both his life and his father’s life and experience with Qatar.

“He worked in Qatar from the year 95, immediately after the overthrow of Prince Hamad bin Khalifa, Ould Sheikh Khalifa

I worked closely with the same ruling group that is present in the Sultanate now, even in Qatar. The only difference was Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim was in power at that time,” said Ambassador Menisi.
Menisi gave insights into the strict situation during his tenure heading in a negative direction, including public media regulations, and regulations on the recitation of the Hadith.

The news anchor then directed the conversation temporarily to labor reports and asked the former Ambassador his thoughts. The former Ambassador noted a divorcement between the Labor Organization in Geneva and the Qatari government.

A brief clip interlude, and then the news anchor turned the discussion again to Ibrahim. He asked his guest his opinions on what Prince Al-Sadiq called for and what Al-Jazeera Channel is doing today, the statements of the former Prince, and so on.

Ibrahim noted that Bahrain has called on Qatar to stop embracing policies that are contrary to the rights of the Arab states.

“Expanding the fields of work and developing the performance of its institutions within the framework of the mint dialogue aimed at reaching today, the state of discord between the Kingdom of Bahrain and between the State of Qatar, despite the presence of many brotherhood ties in the West.

“Repeated initiatives are undertaken by the Kingdom of Bahrain, leadership, and people for a good city and cooperation, restoring relations, rapping and surrendering all attempts to overcome thinking, but the matter is that Qatari policies,” he noted.

“In existing policies and will continue, and they have not changed, and these policies, of course, do not distance the Qatari people from them, God willing, close to those who are dear to us, and we have all respect, but whenever it touches the national sovereignty in the Bahraini National Council this is a red line, and we will not allow it, and this is the right of the Bahrain project from its inception,” said Ibrahim.

“The establishment of the modern state is dead in general, we did not hear only, not in domestic and foreign affairs,” he added.

The news anchor then thanked the audience for their presence with the program and its guests.