In an email to staff, executive director of Al Jazeera’s digital division Yaser Bishr said that employees would undergo a mandatory sensitivity and bias training program.
Al Jazeera has suspended two journalists for producing a video questioning the Holocaust, saying it’s “different from how the Jews tell it.”
Yaser Bishr, executive director of Al Jazeera’s digital division, said the network “completely disowns the offensive content in question,” reported the outlet, which did not reveal the names of the journalists.
In an email to staff, Bishr said that employees would undergo a mandatory sensitivity and bias training program.
“Al Jazeera continues to adhere to the journalistic values of honesty, courage, fairness, balance, independence, credibility and diversity,” said the network in a statement. “In addition, the network recognises the diversity in societies with all races, cultures, beliefs and their values and intrinsic individualities.”
The seven-minute video, which was published on Friday on the network’s online channel, AJ+, stated that Israel was the “greatest beneficiary,” and that the Holocaust happened, but “it’s different from how the Jews tell it.”
The video reportedly gained 1.1 million Facebook and Twitter views.
2/2 Holocaust Denial on Al-Jazeera Network: Israel Is Biggest Winner from Holocaust; It Uses the Same Justification to Annihilate the Palestinians pic.twitter.com/BMb25DYFTY
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