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Banning Al Jazeera Shrouds Truth

Regarding “Nasdaq Joins in Ban of Al Jazeera,” March 26:

Without a doubt, Al Jazeera is the most respected Arab broadcast -- respected for its independence and closely followed. At present, its Web site is showing hospital pictures that American sites and television are not allowing us to see, no doubt in the hope that we shall remain sheltered from the true horrors of war.

That the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq should ban Al Jazeera is troubling. More troubling yet is that the Web site is hacked to prevent viewers from knowing what the Arab world currently sees.

Al Jazeera’s fans are the very people who are supposed to be welcoming us as we occupy Iraq, to begin our rewriting of the Middle East. If we do not even see their world, can we be sure of our welcome?

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Michael Bloxham

Redlands


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